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Hi everyone,
Yes, I’m still here.  And in fact I have some exciting news! Not only is the new catalogue about to launch, but I’m re-launching my business in a way, too!  Those of you who follow my blog know that I’m a bad blogger. It’s not that I don’t stamp, or that I don’t want to share, it’s that I am not blessed with the “gift of technology”.  Anything technical that I’m unfamiliar with has me running for the hills!  I know I can blog, but there are things on this blog that need to change (like having a sign in box for my mailing list for example) and I just can’t bring myself to figure that out on my own.  So I have slowly come to the realisation that I’m better to get outside help with the technical stuff until I’m comfortable with it, and that will let me focus on the stuff I am happy doing – the creative side and bringing the stamping fun for you!

So I’m happy to announce that my friend Sara is helping me out and giving me a kick in the butt at the same time and it’s all good!  She said that I need to sort out my class schedule, so I have…. check out the sidebar to see what’s on offer!  It goes all the way out to mid October on there – and I may add some repeat dates for mid-week classes once I have firmed up the dates of a couple of private classes I’m doing, so keep an eye out for that.  If you have a group of friends you’d like me to do a private class for (at your house or mine), I’m happy to do that too, just ask!

OK so you’ll see some more news soon, but in the meantime do check out the schedule and if you’d like to come and stamp a cookie at my new catalogue launch party (yes, I’m serious, we’re going to be stamping on cookies!), just RSVP for the day that suits you.  I’m SO excited about the new catalogue, I can hardly contain myself!  I have been playing with a few of the new products and I’m in stamping heaven!

Now for the stampin’ eye candy, which you’ve come to expect!  Those of you who are current or former customers of mine know that I love to inspire you with little tags attached to your orders.  Every time you order, you get a different tag (or on the odd occasion I haven’t been able to make you a tag, there’s usually something else for your inspiration in the bag, and often a chocolate treat too!).  Some of you have quite the collection of tags in your stash now!  I didn’t start keeping samples of them until I’d been making them for a good year or so, but now I keep a record of most of them so I don’t give you a double up.  Here’s one of the latest tags I made, using one of the soon-retiring hostess stamp sets, Precious Butterflies. I confess, it’s the first time this set has seen ink, and I discovered all too late just how beautifully it fits with one of the framelits dies!

Now if you have the stamp set, or you have the catalogue and can look it up, you’ll see that the butterfly is actually a solid stamp.  Want to take a guess as to how I added the pattern to it?  I used Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade ink colours for the butterfly, which are also about to leave us for the great retired colour playground!  OK so take a guess as to the technique I used – leave a comment, and I’ll tell you the answer next time!

Happy stamping!

Here I am… With A Reason to Smile

Hi everyone,
Where is the year going?!  I’m having such a busy one, but it’s all good!  Recently (ish!), I’ve been away to Australia to Stampin’ Up!’s annual South Pacific Convention, and what a blast that was!  I headed over there with a fellow demonstrator (my friend Helen from Taranaki), and we went to the convention first in Canberra and afterwards spent a couple of days recovering and shopping in Melbourne. So much fun!  I was thrilled to discover I made the Top 10 demos in NZ list for the final time.  They’re not going to have the Top 10 anymore, for reasons which I understand and agree with, but it was nice to be recognised for it one more time anyway!  In my five years of being a Demonstrator, I’ve made the Top 10 four times.  What a ride – who could be unhappy about that?!  Helen was also in the Top 10 and it was a great Convention for her – as well as being up on stage doing a fabulous demonstration on the Big Shot, she earned lots of awards so I did lots of cheering for my roomie too!

Here’s a pic of me that Casey, the official photographer took of me when I was frantically shopping in Memento Mall.  I was looking at a new set of stamps that Stampin’ Up! sell to Demonstrators to use in prizes/gifts at our parties, and wondering whether I could manage it in my luggage (which was already maximum weight with all the fabulous stuff that Stampin’ Up! gave us, and we hadn’t even been shopping in Melbourne yet!).  Casey asked me to wave the set around and snapped me laughing as I did that.  I look pretty happy, don’t I?

There are only two days left for you to grab your free Reason to Smile stamp set, if you don’t already have it!  It’s free with a $150 order, or you can buy the set for $34.95 clear mount, or $43.95 wood mount.  Did you know that Stampin’ Up! now sells 70% of it’s stamps as clear mounted sets?  I know I’m a convert and many of my wonderful customers are, too!  Click here if you want to send me an email and order your set before it’s too late!

Here’s a card I made and taught to a couple of groups of lovely ladies, using the Reason to Smile stamp set.  We had fun colouring the image in.  You get quite a different look colouring on Crumb Cake cardstock than you get when you colour it on Whisper White.  If you have any questions about this card, let me know.  My thanks to a fellow demo at Convention for the idea to stamp on a framelit cut out and tie that gorgeous seam binding ribbon around with the little tags – this was sort of a case on her project, although I used different stamps and made my background different, I used some of the Twitterpated designer series paper (I’m in love with that paper, and have used so much, I’m almost eating it for breakfast lol!).  I don’t know who made that card as it was just on the swap display board that I photographed, but it’s nice to acknowledge it when you’ve had inspiration from someone else!

Finally, I just really wanted to share a story about how I have another reason to smile other than my recent fabulous trip over to Australia and how much fun I’m having with my stamping business.  As many of you know, I’ve been busy with another new business this year, my Snorepro franchise.  Well I just had to share – while I’ve had many happy clients now, I had a special call from the partner of one of them yesterday.  They have been sleeping in separate rooms and a while ago, it broke my heart to hear her say that they just weren’t meant to be together, because she’s a light sleeper and he’s a very loud snorer.  Well, her call yesterday was to thank me for helping them – thanks to Snorepro, they are now back in the same bedroom together and she is just over the moon.  I was thrilled – I really am making a difference in people’s lives.  I literally danced my way through the rest of the day (I even hummed as I vacuumed!!).  I am changing peoples lives and making such a positive difference.  What more could I ask for?  I think my Dad would be proud of me, he was always helping people, and he’d be happy to know I’m making a difference too.  Anyway, if you don’t have any idea of what I’m talking about, you can check out what Snorepro is all about on the Snorepro website (click here) and find your nearest franchisee.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Prize Winner!

Hi everyone,
Just a quick post to let you know that I didn’t forget to draw the winner of my fabulous prize draw on Friday.  I had Miss 7 draw the winner’s name, under strict supervision I might add!  Congratulations to Kim who was absolutely stunned when we arrived on her doorstep not only with her order, but with that big bag of goodies as well.  She said we made her day!

Sorry I don’t have any crafter’s eye candy to share with you today.  I haven’t made anything for several days now (must be due for withdrawl to set in!).  I have been busy with family over the Easter holiday, and I am busy making a Snorepro device for my brother who is visiting from the USA.  Imagine how surprised I was to discover that he and I have virtually identical teeth!  Who would have thought…. I guess that confirms we are siblings, so that’s a good thing!

While I haven’t been crafting myself, Miss 7 has been busy making cards this afternoon.  I might have to hide my new Simply Scored tool from her because she has fallen for that as well – now I don’t have to score her base cards for her, she can do it herself!  How awesome is the Simply Scored if a 7 year old can use it perfectly?!  Really, you need this fabulous tool if you don’t have one already 🙂

I’ve been roasting pork all day and it smells sooooo good!  I’m hungry now for something other than chocolate! 

Back soon with something crafty to share I hope!

Two days to go!

Hi everyone,
Well, I hope you’re all enjoying the new mini catalogue!  I certainly am, now that I can show my guests all the lovely new toys I have to play with!

My launch party and 5th birthday as a Demo celebration went well on the weekend, we made some fun little projects that showed off my new toys nicely I think!

I featured the Simply Scored tool which I have fallen in love with, if you were here on Sunday you’ll have seen me with my jaw hanging open when I scored a gatefold card on it for the first time (yep, I’m daring enough to try out things in front of customers for the first time ever!).  I tell you I’ve never been able to make one of those with as perfect a join as the Simply Scored gave me, and I am a perfectionist when it comes to using my trimmer for scoring cardstock.  I was stunned!  I don’t have a gatefold card to show you yet, as I haven’t gotten around to creating one using the base card I scored that day.  Give me a bit of time, though and I just might finish it off!

What I can share is the two make n takes I had for my guests to create.  I told them earlier they’d be making a card, but we didn’t make a card at all!

First up, we had a fun time practicing with the Simply Scored, using it to make one of these beautiful Rosette flowers using the Twitterpated designer series paper (I’m in love with that paper!).  This was very simply decorated using a couple of flowers punched using the Boho Blossoms punch, and a little pearl to finish.  I stuck the rosette to the top of a skinny cello bag filled with mini Easter Eggs.  I couldn’t not include chocolate somewhere along the way now could I?

My second project was this cute little bookmark that you put over the corner of your page to mark the page you’re reading.  In this case I put it on a page of my Idea Book & Catalogue.  Why you’d put that down I don’t know (tee hee), but just in case you want to, you can mark your spot with this bookmark!  Now, the original idea for the bookmark came from the latest Demonstrator magazine that we get every month, although I completely changed the stamps and the look of it.  But the basic construction came from the Stampin’ Up! office.  That’s one of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! – you can never get stuck for a project as they supply us with tonnes of project inspiration through catalogues, newsletters and our Demonstrator-only forum.  I actually didn’t finally decide on this project until Sunday morning, having “played” with new stamps and things all day on Saturday.  I think I had a case of the “I want to make everything” cravings that left me somewhat paralysed and unable to pin some ideas down until the last moment!

For this bookmark I used the Loving Thoughts and Mixed Bunch stamp sets and the matching punch for the large flower, one of the new Edgelits dies and the matching Adorning Accents embossing folder, and the new Island Indigo baker’s twine.  I love that we now have the baker’s twine in the latest In-Colours!

Last thing I wanted to mention is that there is only two days (less really, as I’ve given you a 7pm deadline to email me!) to get your entry/entries into my big prize draw.  You could win this!

Check out my previous blog post (click here) to find out how to enter – you just have to email me with your qualifying order by 7pm on Thursday night, or sign up with me by then (come join me, it’s great fun!).  For some reason I got the date wrong when I did that last blog post and put it as the 4th April, but I actually intended to close the prize draw off at 7pm on Thursday 5th, so you have until then.  There are a few entries in the draw already, but the odds of you winning are WAY better than the lottery, so be quick!

Have a very Happy Easter, take care if you’re out on the roads and go easy on the chocolate!

Massive Birthday Giveaway!

Hi everyone,
Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a great week so far.  Mine has been super busy – it’s coming up to the end of our financial year AND the end of Sale-A-Bration AND the Summer Mini catalogue!  So there has been a frenzy of activity around here this week because of all of that.

Thanks so much to those of you who contacted me as a result of my last post about my second business, as a Snorepro Southern Auckland Ltd owner/operator it has been exciting to be able to make a difference for some of you!  Snoring is such a common problem these days, and a lot of people are embarrassed about it but it shouldn’t be that way – it’s an age thing, and you can’t do anything about the fact that we’re all getting older every day!  If you missed my last post and you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can read up about it (click here), or simply go to the Snorepro website (click here) to find out more.

Now, I have some super exciting news!  It’s my Stampin’ Up! Birthday really soon – I’ve been a Demonstrator for nearly 5 years, can you believe it?!  I actually signed up on 2 April, 2007.  So much has changed since then, but Stampin’ Up! has been there to carry me through some stressful times and I love being a Demonstrator as much as I ever did! I plan to be one for the rest of my life, and hopefully that will be a very long time!

In celebration of my 5 years, I have a very special offer for you.  I’ve never done this before (and I may not ever again once my Accountant gets hold of me, ha!) but I am offering up a fabulous prize draw that you can enter (you have to be in NZ to do so, sorry!).  You have just one week to take advantage of this offer!  Check out this bag:

It’s cute, no??  I admit, I’ve been hoarding this in secret.  Remember the Play Date patterned paper we had in last year’s catalogue?  Well this bag is from that design.  You can win it!  But the really exciting thing is what I’ve put inside….

So what’s in here?  Over $200 worth of goodies for your crafting pleasure!  You should have heard the gasps from the ladies when I pulled everything out of the bag at my class on Sunday.  Here’s what you could win:
– Cheerful Treat Designer Series Paper (hostess gift from the current catalogue), retail value $22.95
– Tagtastic clear mount stamp set (hostess gift from the current catalogue), retail value $42.95
– Tiny Tags wood mount stamp set, value $46.95
– Pack of Stampin’ Sponges value $7.95
– Tombow glue value $9.25
– Pot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter value $10.50
– Two Stampin’ Write markers in Certainly Celery and Pretty In Pink value $6.95 each
– Manhattan Flower Embossing folder value $17.95
– Pack of Sweet Treat Cups (the circle ones) value $7.95
– Pack of sixty sheets of 6×6 Designer series paper in the 2010-2012 in colours from the last catalogue (colours are Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Concord Crush).  These were never offered for sale as they were a hostess gift but I’d say the retail value would be at least $20
– Pack of Star Designer Brads (retired – they were $13.95 + shipping in the 2009-2010 catalogue, they are great for masculine projects!)
– Full roll of “Ice Cream Parlour” flower printed ribbon and buttons in matching colours, from the Gift With Purchase promotion in July 2011.  I’d put the value of these at over $20, too
– Exclusively available to Demonstrators only (it’s priceless!), a collapsible black bin that is perfect for holding your waste cardstock scraps and bits of rubbish while you’re crafting.  It’s fabulously portable, I use one all the time myself!
– Also exclusive to Demonstrators, a pack of magnetic bookmarks in the 2010-2012 colours
– A sampler pack of Riding Hood Red wide striped grosgrain ribbon.  I don’t know how much is in here, so please don’t make me measure it out!
– And finally, because I am known in my team and by my customers as being one who is good at seeking out cool things to decorate in classes to make neat gifts, I’m sharing some of my finds for you to decorate as you like – a cute metal bucket, a 10-pack of little notepads, a case of clear mini clothes pegs, and a little case with some stationery items which you can decorate and keep on your desk or even in your purse!  (You never know when you’re going to need a mini stapler, right?!).

Here’s how you can win all of this!

  • Place an order for $120 or more of product (plus shipping) by 5pm on Saturday 31st March, and for every $120 in product you order, you’ll get two entries into the draw.  Remember you’ll earn a Sale-A-Bration gift for every $120 in product too, so what could be better than that?!

OR:

  • If you’re done with the current mini, and you have all the Sale-A-Bration gifts anyone could want, then you can wait until the new mini comes out on April 1st and place a $120 product order (plus shipping) from that.  You’ll get one entry into the draw for every $120 in product you order, but you must place your order by 7pm on April 4th!

OR:

  • Love Stampin’ Up! products and want it all?  I have a wonderful team of Demonstrators and I’m always looking for more team members to join my little part of the Stampin’ Up! family!  If you’d like me to work with you to help you build your own Stampin’ Up! business and have a tonne of fun in the process, then sign up with me before April 4th and you’ll have three entries into the draw.  Some of the items in here are retired but there’s also plenty of current items that will supplement your starter kit!  Remember if you join before the end of March, the starter kit is discounted to just $289.  There are very few other businesses that you could start for so little, and you’ll have a huge resource and tonnes of support to help you get going.  If you just want to join to buy Stampin’ Up! products at a discount and that’s all, that’s absolutely fine with me too.  I am a “no pressure, just support and inspire” type of team leader!  Please ask me for details if you’re interested!

And now for the crafter’s eye candy that you really wanted to see!  I figure I should share these projects with you before it’s too late to order the supplies I used to make them!

On Sunday I held a class here at my home and the ladies were thrilled to make a set of six masculine cards using The Open Sea stamp set and the Nautical Expedition papers from the Summer Mini catalogue.  Four of the cards were designed by Andrea Walford from Canada (with some tweaks from me, because one or two of the things she used were retired or I wanted to change them, just because I can!), but the other two were my design.  I wasn’t paying attention when I glanced at her planner that I purchased and I advertised the class as making 6 cards, when in fact she had designed four cards and a box, so I had to make a few swift changes during my prep time!  The Open Sea is absolutely fantastic for masculine cards and while I took a while to decide whether to buy this set myself, I plan never to let this one go, not ever! It’s $47.95 for the clear mount version and $59.95 as a wood mount set (plus shipping, which I can usually minimise to 5% for you).  Only available to order until March 31st, so be quick if you want one!

This set of cards I whipped up the night before my class.  I have been sitting on the fabulous Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Sprinkled Expressions, pretty much since Sale-A-Bration opened.  I’d managed to use all of the other SAB items except this one, until Saturday night, when I went blog surfing and happened across this set of cards on Marelle Taylor’s blog.  Marelle and I got to know each other a little bit during an Incentive Trip to Noosa back in 2009, and she is so lovely and super talented!  She has a real knack of designing projects that are relatively simple to prep (which is good for Demos especially!) and to make, but still have a “wow” element to them.  I want to be like her when I grow up (I’m only 5, remember?!).  Anyway, I was so impressed with the cards that she made, that I had to pretty much CASE them and make my own set.  I even simplified even further and just used Crumb Cake as the card base for all of them, made them all square, and didn’t use any ribbon.  But you know what?  Simple can be good – it can be great – my ladies LOVED these cards and a few of the Sprinkled Expressions sets are on their way from Australia today!

OK, that’s all I have for today… sorry for the long post but you know I write lots when I’m excited about stamping!  Thanks for sticking with me – and if you’re coming to my Autumn-Winter Mini launch party (& birthday celebration!) on Sunday (turn up anytime from 2pm until 5pm), please remember to RSVP by Friday, thanks!  I just need to know you’re coming so I can prepare a kit for you and make sure there are enough party treats on the table!

Have a great week!

AWOL again? Big announcement!

Hi everyone,
Yes, it’s me.  I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth, as many of my “regular” readers might think!  Thanks to those of you who checked up on me!  I have quite a few of you sign up for feedblitz updates since you know I’ve been so sporadic in my blogging frequency, and that way you don’t have to keep coming here and checking.  Yes yes, I know, I know!

Well, I have a good reason for letting the blogging slip, I have a big announcement – I’ve launched another business!  Yes, that’s right, I never was good at doing one thing at a time.  I am now the proud owner of Snorepro Southern Auckland, and I custom make and fit anti-snoring devices.  Not what you were expecting, was it?!

When I was “researching” the business opportunity, everyone I asked seemed to either be putting up with a chronic snorer in their home, had a friend who was one, or they snored themselves.  So now, I get to help people who have suffered from poor sleep for years, and make a difference in their lives.  The spouse of one of my first customers told me that I will be saving marriages and changing lives.  She’s gone from wearing ear plugs and sleeping with her head at the other end of the bed, to having a blissful, quiet night’s sleep every night.  How wonderful is that?

If you’re a snorer or know someone who is and you think they might like me to solve that issue once and for all, please check out the Snorepro website for more information – click HERE.  You’ll find me listed on the “contact us” page along with the others who also make Snorepro devices, I have joined a wonderful group of people!  The product has a 98% success rate, it really works, and there’s a money back guarantee!  Don’t forget to ask me about the “stamping friends” discount!

OK, but you didn’t come here to find out about my new “day job” now did you.  Well I have good news for you – as a result of my new occupation, I am finally getting the push I need to get organised with my Stampin’ Up! events.  I’m not giving up my stamping business, no way!  So I am working on scheduling my classes a bit more ahead of my normal regime (which was kind of “should I do a class this weekend?  OK then…”) and the next two class dates AND a launch party are set:
– Sunday March 18th, 2pm: One Sheet Wonder class.  Stamp one sheet of cardstock to make your own background paper, I’ll show you how to cut that up and you’ll go home with a set of 6 different cards and coordinating envelopes!  You even get to choose feminine or masculine cards (please let me know which you prefer, when booking in, by March 14th) Class fee $20, limited seats left!
– Sunday March 25th 2pm: gift set of masculine cards, using The Open Sea stamp set and Nautical Expedition designer papers from the current mini catalogue.  These have been such popular items this year!  Cost $25, please RSVP by March 19th.
– Sunday 1st April, 2pm – 5pm: new mini catalogue launch!  (And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke!).  The new mini has some fabulous products in it that I am already playing with and loving it!  Come and check them out, make a card and pick up your free copy of the mini catalogue when you place an order on the day.  This event is free to attend but you must RSVP by March 28th, please!

And last but not least, here’s the crafter’s eye candy you really came to see!  Nearly 3 weeks ago was our Auckland Extravaganza and my project was a fun card and a little chocolate treat.

The card showcased the emboss resist technique and showed off the Spice Cake patterned paper and coordinating Spiced Paisley stamp set.  I used the Two Tags die to make a magnetic piece that serves as an embellishment on the card but can be removed and used as a bookmark, it folds over a page of your favourite novel to mark your place.  A card and gift in one, plus a chocolate treat using the other tag shape from the Two Tags die.  Oh and it also used two of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets, Fresh Vintage and Outlined Occasions, which of course you can earn for free with a $120 order, until March 31st.

This was a fun and quick project to make.  I still have some kits on hand for this, it would make a great workshop or quick class project.  So if you’d like to get some friends together and have me come and teach it to you, just let me know!

Thanks for sticking with me!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Cards for Charity

Happy New Year!
Hope you have had a great start to the year, as I have.  Having lots of fun with my family at the moment, and getting a lot of satisfying crafting work done too!

As a Demonstrator, I wind up with tonnes of card samples over the course of a year, as we make multiples of our designs and swap with each other as a faster way of getting lots of different cards for ourselves and our customers to be inspired by.  I make hundreds of samples each year myself to swap, so you can imagine how much cardstock comes into this house and then doesn’t always leave…  I admit to having hoarding tendencies when it comes to card samples because I know how much love and effort and time goes into making each one!  But once the products used to make them retire, they’re less useful for me.  In order to let them go, rather than tossing them in the recycling bin (I am too much of a “greenie” to throw them in the rubbish!), I’ve given some to my lovely customers in the past, but I still had a lot here to deal with as they are all too polite to take many! 

Most of the samples are just card fronts, so can’t be used as cards just as they are.  The solution?  Turning them into full cards by mounting them onto card blanks, sometimes trimming layers to do it. Then I stamp the Stampin’ Up! copyright stamp on the back (if you haven’t heard of the Angel policy, it requires the copyright stamp to be added in order to sell our work) and individually bag the cards up with an envelope, all ready to go.  Here’s the box of cards I’m sending off this week, it’s going to one of my team who supplies cards to a hospice for them to sell.  Ever wondered what 160 cards looks like after you’ve finished putting them all together?

These will be on their way to Tee-Jay soon!  If you’re in Wanganui, she’s doing some fund raising for her son to do some volunteer work in Papua New Guinea in February – this is a great cause so check out her fun event details here: http://stampinnwithteejay.blogspot.com/2012/01/fundraiser-for-volunteer-service-abroad.html

This has been so satisfying for me, so although it’s not exciting to look at, I just had to share!  I still have some more here to deal with, this is going to be an ongoing activity for me and I aim to keep on top of it more from now on.  I’ve previously donated cards for cancer patients at the hospital to use too, it’s such a great feeling to make cards that others less fortunate than ourselves can use and brighten someone else’s day.

Now that you’ve suffered through that blurb, here’s something more like the “card candy” you’ve probably come here to see!  This is the “secret santa” gift I made to take to my team leader’s Christmas Breakfast back in December.  Each of us takes a gift and we draw numbers and get to pick something.  Anyway, this is a chocolate vase – the chocolate is three blocks of chocolate hidden in the base!  I made it so that the recipient could get to the chocolate without destroying that gorgeous Cheerful Treat patterned paper vase.  Yes, I used that paper again…

I had lots of fun making the flowers and attaching them to skewers to insert between the chocolate blocks in the vase.  Lots of die cutting and punching here, I was in my element!  The leaves were die cut too, and the holes were just big enough for the skewers so I could move them up and down but they stayed put where I wanted them.  The brown shredded “dirt” in the vase was made by crimping some of the brown paper that Stampin’ Up! put into our order boxes, and then cutting narrow strips of it.  I told you I was into recycling, right?

And finally, I thought I’d share a couple of pics of the “annual” gingerbread house that we made on Christmas Eve.  This is a newish family tradition that I’ve introduced so that my daughter has a special activity that she’ll remember as part of our Christmas celebrations each year.  Last year I nearly killed myself baking the pieces for the gingerbread house, as the first recipe was disgusting with tonnes of molasses (yeech!) so I spent a bit of time trying to find a decent one and then triple baked it getting the pieces hard enough!  This year I was smart (or rather, I cheated) and bought a package of pre-baked pieces. 

The kit had a few broken pieces (hence the very visible “repairs” on the house!) but it was so much easier than making my own!  I still had to make the royal icing and get the decorations though, as those weren’t part of the kit I bought.  No big deal – I have a great recipe for royal icing and had some Christmas themed jelly beans which just happen to be Miss 7’s favourite lolly she says.  We also used a few silver cachous from my stash of cupcake decorating supplies and of course we used one of my many piping bags and nozzles… I’ll share some more treats with you here soon, I promise!

This house is no more – it was quickly devoured after Christmas was over.  Forgive my lack of piping skills won’t you – this is why I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and not a pastry chef!

I hope the rest of 2012 is as fun as the last couple of weeks has been!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hello!
I can’t believe that another year is drawing to a close – and once again I was late with my own Christmas cards!  I have been frantically busy this month but you wouldn’t know it to look at my blog!  I know I’m no exception as so many of my demonstrator friends are woefully sharing that while they prepared hundreds of Christmas cards for classes over the past few months, so many of us didn’t manage to make and send many of our own cards out!  I think perhaps we Demonstrators should get an exemption for Christmas and send New Years’ cards instead…

I don’t have a project to share with you tonight – if I shared a Christmas card it’d be a bit late because the big guy in the red suit is already on his way around the world and it’s too late to be sending out your Christmas cards.  So I think sometime in the next week I’ll share some other work I’ve had up my sleeve for a little while.  I just wanted to post a message on here to all my wonderful customers and stamping friends, thank you for being part of my life and encouraging me to keep stamping and smiling even when things are a little tough! 

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch, it was devastating to hear that they had another series of major quakes yesterday, at the worst possible time as we all prepare for Christmas Day.  It would be so hard to be shovelling the sludge from your house and street while the power is off and you’ve got a raw turkey in the fridge… A small blessing it didn’t happen on Christmas Day itself I suppose (though that day is still to come yet – hopefully Christchurch has seen the worst of it!). 

Having lived in Christchurch some years ago, it makes me realise how blessed I am to have a stable roof over my head here in Auckland.  Tomorrow I will have a table laden with a Christmas feast and I have a wonderful family and special friends to spend the day with. That’s what Christmas is all about for me – enjoying a special meal and spending time with those you love and being grateful for what you have.  Forget the commercial stuff – I’m staying home on Boxing Day too, I’d rather not fight the crowds at all the sales!

Merry Christmas to you all,

This Sunday’s Class – Mocha Morning Desk Calendar Box

Hi again everyone!
I’ve just discovered that the post I tried to put up at 8am this morning, was saved as a draft and has only just been published as I write this next one, because I’ve now pushed it through!  So sorry about that… guess you can see why I’m not the world’s most frequent blogger, it’s a struggle for me sometimes!

Anyway, I know this is twice in one day, but I have something new to share, just finished today!  Here’s a photo of the project I’ll be teaching at my home this coming Sunday.  It’s my last class for the year (at my house anyway – if you’ve seen something here you like and you can gather a group of friends together at your home, I’m happy to come and teach you – but you have to live in the Auckland area, sorry!).  Over the Christmas break I’ll be planning my classes and taking workshop bookings for the early new year, so stay tuned for details of those classes.

On to Sunday’s class – this is a box with an easel card on the top with a mini calendar for 2012.  It would make a great desk accessory, and a fabulous gift for that difficult person you still haven’t bought a Christmas present for!  I purposely made it with the Mocha Morning specialty papers, one reason was because I wanted to use them again, and the second reason was so that you could gift this to a male if you wanted, it’s not too girly, but it hopefully appeals to women too!  There’s a surprise in the drawer – little partitions which each hold a Kiwiana wine glass charm, there are six charms and you’ll get to make those in the class too if you attend!  I’ve even made the partitions removeable so that later on you can use the drawer to hold memo paper, paperclips or other small stationery items – it’s a handy size for those little things on your desk!

The class fee is a bargain price – just $15 to make a fabulous gift and have a relaxing crafty afternoon, too!  You will need to bring scissors, a bone folder if you have one and lots of good sticky adhesvie – Stampin’ Up!’s Sticky Strip is ideal for this project.  3D items need really strong adhesive and there’s few papercrafting adhesives stickier and stronger than that one!

Seats at the class are very limited and filling now, so email me now to reserve your place and get directions to my house (if you’ve never been here before).  Reservations close at midday on Saturday so that I can get the kits prepared on Saturday night.  Click here to send me an email and book in, or ask me a question about the class.

Oh and I should say that I am not doing a launch party for the new mini this year – we’re all so busy with Christmas plans at this time of year, and I have yet to make any Christmas cards I can send out, myself!  Shameful, for a “professional” cardmaker – but I’ve been too busy teaching others to make any of my own!  Attendees at Sunday’s class will however get to see the new mini of course, and be the first to see the samples I’ve made with some of the gorgeous new products we have to offer.  That includes some projects I made specifically for publication.  I may fill you in on that a bit more, some other time!

If you’d like a copy of the new Summer Mini, just contact me to place your December order and I’ll pop a free copy in for you with that.

Thanks for visiting!

December Frenzy Sale Now On!

Hi everyone,
I’m absolutely shocked that the last time I posted here was in October.  Sorry about that!  I’ve been busy with workshops, design work, and making samples with products from the new mini, which opens today!  You can click on the picture of the Summer mini to the right in my sidebar, to view the mini online.  Some fabulous products in there, I’ll share a project I made with one of the stamp sets, below.  But first, drum roll please…  there’s a fabulous sale which also starts today!  Here are the details:

OK, now to share with you a project I made recently.  I used the Two Tags die to make a cute box, and then used the die again to make some cute Christmas Tags to pop into the box.  I added a few mini candy canes and this became the door prize for one of my workshops!

 
I used the Stitched Stockings stamp set from the new mini with the coordinating Stocking Tag punch to make the tags quickly and easily.  The stamp with the sentiment is from Perfect Punches.  Hope you like it!