Eastern Palace – with accessories

By | October 18, 2017

Hi there

It’s been awhile since I made a card using products from the Eastern Palace Suite so over the weekend I had some time to create and here’s what I made.

The Eastern Palace Suite (page 18-19 AC) consists of not only stamps and dies but Designer Series Paper (DSP), Gold Vinyl Stickers and Mini Tassels Assortment.  I hadn’t used any of the tassels so wanted to add these as a feature to my cards.  These cards use all but one of the products

The top layer is Very Vanilla cut at 9.5cm x 13.8 then a layer of Fresh Fig or Tranquil Tide cut at 10cm x 14.3cm.  The base is Thick Very Vanilla.

I stuck the sticker on a piece of Fresh Fig then die cut it with the coordinating die.  This is adhered with dimensionals.  The 1/4″ Natural Trim in gold goes perfectly with this card to attach the mini tassels.

For the sticker on this card I ended up ‘fussy cutting’ around the sticker as the coordinating die covered up too much of the layer underneath.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

For both cards the Very Vanilla layer is adhered directly to the coloured card stock and then adhered with dimensionals.

These colours look really great with the Very Vanilla – almost regal.

Well that’s me for tonight.

Night in Bethlehem and Painted Harvest

By | October 16, 2017

Hi there

Last month I held a workshop and taught two cards featuring Night of Bethlehem Bundle and the Painted Harvest set.  Both cards used our Note Cards rather than full sized cards.  For this months card class (with a different group of ladies) I decided to recreate these cards but using full sized cards.

The products and method of creating this card were the same as for the Note Card – the only difference was I used the full length of the die and didn’t cut off as much from the bottom of the scene.  I decided to use Dapper Denim (the same colour as the sky) for the card base rather than Thick Whisper White.

I did change this card a bit though as I wanted to try a different colour scheme for the flower – I’ve used Crushed Curry and Cherry Cobbler and then carried the Cherry Cobbler for the sentiment and mat.  After I’d stamped the image and sentiment it looked a bit ‘blank’ so rather than add the ‘dots’ I added three pieces of Linen Thread and a bow.  The card base is Thick Very Vanilla.  We used the ‘masking’ technique to get the leaves to appear behind the flower even though they were stamped last.

Don’t forget we still have the Designer Series Paper sale on at the moment – buy three packs and get the fourth FREE.  To see the list of available papers check out my blog post here.  Let me know if you are interested in purchasing any of these.

Well tomorrow night I’m off to see theatre to see ‘Matilda’ – really looking forward to that.

Until next time …

Happy Birthday Lego Card

By | October 6, 2017

Hi there

Here we are again at the weekend :).  The weeks just seem to be flying by.  Last week my nephew turned 23 and he’s really into Lego at the moment so guess what design his card was?  That’s right Lego

I’ve used Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Real Red to create my blocks.  The blocks are 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″, 1 1/4″ x 1 7/8″ and 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  I did have to trim the bigger block a bit so they would all fit on the Basic Black card base.  The circles are cut with the 1/2″ circle punch.

The circles are adhered with Glue Dots – I think that was the longest part of making the card!  Before I adhered them to the Glue Dots I added the white ‘shadow’ with a White Gel Pen.

I didn’t want to add a stamped sentiment so my favourite die – ‘Happy Birthday’ – was pulled out and cut out of Basic Black.  This was adhered using the MultiPurpose Adhesive Sheets.

In case you’re wondering it’s not your ordinary Lego blocks he’s into but really cool sets like this one – a Parisian Restaurant.

Don’t forget the October Promotions we have running at the moment.  The World Card Making Day offers are only available until 10 October so let me know if there is anything you want.  The Designer Series Paper Sale runs till the 31st October.

Birthday Party Project For A 10 Year Old – Part Two

By | October 2, 2017

Hi there

Back again with the last two projects from the party.  The birthday girl had recently purchased Foxy Friends stamp set and punch so with that in mind I created a project that she could recreate using these products.  I don’t have either of these (yet) so I showed them how you can scrunch up the card stock and split it very carefully to create a faux suede look for your card stock.  We used the Pansy Punch – mine got a bit squished on the way home – so my photo hasn’t come out that well.

These paper clips are the giant ones (100mm) which I purchased from Whitcoulls (a stationery shop in NZ).  To build it you punch out two circles – mine are 1 3/4″ – using a heat gun apply glue in a frown shape towards the bottom of the circle and adhere the top of the paper clip to the glue.  Let it set then add some dimensionals to the circle  above the paper clip then apply more glue on top of the paper clip and adhere the second circle.  Then you can decorate your paper clip how you want – punch art, flowers etc.

The final project was a card using the shaving foam technique 🙂  I had made two samples then showed them one on the day.  I just gave them the option of Berry Burst, Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist as the colour combo – the same colours as the corner book mark.

This is such a cool technique and the girls thoroughly enjoyed making their cards.

October Promotions

By | October 1, 2017

We have two new promotions on offer this month – Celebrate World Card Making Day and Designer Series Paper Sale.  Contact me if you would like to purchase any of these products.  I will be placing an order on Wednesday night so let me know before 8pm on Wednesday 4th October.


Birthday Party Projects For A 10 Year Old – Part One

By | October 1, 2017

Hi there

We seem to have had all seasons in one day today.  Hopefully tomorrow will be more settled as we have to fly to Wellington for my uncle’s funeral – he was one month off turning 90 and had been tramping with friends two days before dying.  He was a wonderful big brother to my Mum and will be missed by all.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to teach a group of girls 4 projects at a 10 year olds birthday party.  It was heaps of fun and I really enjoyed my time with these lovely young ladies.

The first project they made was this Jotta pad with a mini gel pen.

We used the Watercolour Pencils to colour in the image from Beautiful You.  They each chose different colour schemes and had pens to match the ladies dress .  My sample uses the Pacific Point for her dress and the water, Daffodil Delight for her hat and Early Espresso for her hair.  For her skin I did a combination of Calypso Coral and Early Espresso.

The second project we made was a corner bookmark.

This project uses three different die sets – the scalloped edge is created with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, the mats and DSP are cut using dies from the Layering Square Framelits.  I wanted something that would be flat to go in the centre so had a quick thumb through the catalogue to see what I could use.  This cool cut out is from the Support Ribbon Framelits set – add one of our new flat Rhinestones and the project is complete.  The paper squares are from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.  I gave the girls 5 squares (one of each of the new In Colours) and they could choose to use 4 or all five on their project.

And here’s how it sits on the page

Check back tomorrow for the remaining two projects.  I’ll also do another post shortly sharing two new promotions we have on offer this month so check back in about an hour for those.


Holiday Catalogue Workshop

By | September 26, 2017

Hi there

After being sick for two weeks and having no extra energy I’m finally back in business 🙂  Roll on the warmer weather and we can say ‘goodbye’ to winter illnesses.

The other weekend I held a workshop with a wonderful group of ladies.  I taught two cards using products from the Holiday Catalogue – first up we used the Night in Bethlehem bundle which includes a stamp set (Night in Bethlehem) and dies (Bethlehem Edgelits Dies).

Rather than stamping straight onto the Note Card I had precut some card fronts (3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″).  The sentiment is stamped in Real Red then we sponged the sky in Night of Navy, stamped the ‘stars’ in VersaMark and added Silver Embossing Powder.  The ‘bright’ star is cut out of Gold Foil with one of the dies.

When I made my first sample I cut out the ‘houses’ then sponged them with Soft Suede which was a bit hard as I didn’t want to rip the trees.  So I decided to sponge my strip of Whisper White before I cut it out – way easier :).  Once cut I added bits of Gold Foil to create the lights in the windows – a good way to use up you off-cuts of foil.  Mary and Joseph are stamped in Smoky Slate then cut out with the coordinating die.  The card front is then adhered straight onto the Note Card.

The second project uses the lovely new stamp set Painted Harvest.

Like the first card the stamping is done on a separate piece of card stock (3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″) then adhered to a piece of Early Espresso (3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″) which is finally adhered to the Very Vanilla Note Card.

This stamp is a ‘two step’ set.  The flower and the leaves are both two steps although we stamped the flower images a couple of extra times for more depth.  The first layer of the flower is stamped in Daffodil Delight then the second stamp is stamped in Crushed Curry.  The centre of the flower is stamped in Soft Suede – the specks you can see are from a hint of Clear Wink of Stella.

To stamp the leaves we created a mask (Stamp the flower image on a Post It note and cut out.  Place on top of the original stamped image then stamp the leaves).  This allows your second image – the leaves – to look as though they have been stamped first and are behind the flower image.

The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz first then Old Olive.  The sentiment and small ‘dots’ are stamped in Early Espresso.

I hope you are enjoying the new Holiday Catalogue.  If you would like to host a workshop with your friends please contact me – don’t forget there is a promotion until the end of October for hosts.   Check out this post for more details.


Minions Happy Birthday

By | September 6, 2017

Hi there

Punch art is a fun way to create a card when you can’t find a stamp to match a particular theme or character.  One of the ladies at work celebrated her birthday today and ages ago mentioned she loved Minons.  So I put that thought in my memory bank and pulled it out on Sunday to create a special card for her.

I managed to find a couple of tutorials on how to create a Minion – my Owl Punch came in handy.

I’ve gone with Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight for my card and used Balloon Celebration for the sentiment and balloon strings.

I was really pleased with the card and she loved it 🙂

Holiday Catalogue Team Swap – Part Three

By | September 5, 2017

Hi there

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing an alternative way to use the Memories & More Card Pack.  To see more card packs check out pages 192 – 193 of the Annual Catalogue.

Holiday Team Swap - Snowflake Sentiment-MaM card pack - 3

For the cards that were printed in Black I decided to add Real Red as the accessory colour.  The Real Red ribbon is found on page 29 of the Holiday Catalogue.  It’s a nice solid thin ribbon – 1/8″ wide.

Holiday Team Swap - Snowflake Sentiment-MaM card pack - 4

The card pack and the DSP that I’ve used on these cards are part of the Merry Little Christmas Suite which is displayed on pages 10 to 14 of the Holiday Catalogue.  Check out all the wonderful components that make up this suit.

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Holiday Catalogue Team Swap – Part Two

By | September 4, 2017

Hi there

Following on from yesterday’s post here’s the next installment of the swaps I made using the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack.

Holiday Team Swap - Snowflake Sentiment-MaM card pack - 2

The colours used on the card pack are Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, White and Kraft.  I wouldn’t normally choose Basic Black to use for a Christmas card but I think it’s rather stunning and goes well with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.  I didn’t have any Old Olive ribbon so I’ve used the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon and some of the sentiments are stamped in Lemon Lime Twist before heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.

These smaller cards from the pack make it quick and easy to create a batch of Christmas cards.

It’s a bit hard to see in the photo but I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the ‘star’ images on the DSP.

Don’t forget the special promotion we have on offer for September and October – I would love to come and share with you some Christmas and/or Holiday projects.Merry Patterns - Host Promotion

Check back again tomorrow for installment #3

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Holiday Catalogue Team Swap – Part One

By | September 3, 2017

Hi there

Last month we had a team training day where those that wanted to could participate in the Team Swap.  A swap is where you make 20 of the same card and then swap with 19 others so that you get a variety of cards.  It then means we can show you a mix of products from a new catalogue.

For my swap I used the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack to create full sized cards.  I made a variety of samples so I’ll share a few with you now and then the rest over the next few days so be sure to check back tomorrow for installment #2.

The card pack comes with 72 double-sided cards – 52 that are 7.6cm x 10.2cm (2 each of 26 designs) and 20 that are 10.2cm x 15.2cm (2 each of 10 designs), 1 cardstock sticker sheet, 1 acetate sticker sheet and 4 acetate card overlays.  All of this for just $21.25NZD.  You can make a heap of Christmas cards with these.

Holiday Team Swap - Snowflake Sentiment-MaM card pack - 1

The card base and mat are either Cherry Cobbler or Old Olive and the bows are all Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon.  The sentiment is from a new set called Snowflake Sentiments on page 35.  As we don’t sell Embossing Powder in every colour I created my own coloured Embossing Powder.  To achieve this ink your stamp with VersaMark then stamp it again in your chosen colour – Cherry Cobbler or Real Red – then stamp on your project.  Apply Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  One tip – if you are repeating this on multiple cards as I was you will need to clean your stamp after you have stamped otherwise your VersaMark will get very dirty.

The DSP is from the Merry Little Christmas DSP.  The colours used in this pack are Basic Black, Old Olive and Whisper White.

Check back tomorrow for the next batch of cards.

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Five for All – Happy Birthday

By | September 2, 2017

Hi there

I finally got round to purchasing the stamp set ‘Five for All’ on page 75 of the Annual Catalogue.

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It’s got some really fun sentiments and this week I was able to use one of them on a card for a friend who celebrated a big ‘0’ birthday on Thursday.  I wanted to create a fun card and I think this sentiment is perfect.  We have been friends since we were pre-schoolers often spending the holidays staying at each others houses and playing with her many Barbie dolls :).

I’ve teamed the sentiment with another of my favourite stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue – You’ve Got Style

Five for All - Happy Bday - Sue

Now isn’t that a cool sentiment?

The image is stamped in Memento Black Ink and then coloured in using the Stampin’ Write Markers.  For some of the areas I used the fine end of the marker as sometimes the thick end of the marker is to big to use – you don’t want to be going over the lines!  Her face and hands are coloured in using the Calypso Coral Watercolour Pencil as you can get a lighter colour than the markers.

The Card base, ribbon and sentiment use Berry Burst – I’m loving this colour – it’s nice and bright.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you the cards I made for our recent team training using products from the new Holiday Catalogue.

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Holiday Catalogue has now arrived

By | September 2, 2017

Hi there

The 2017 Holdiay Catalogue has finally arrived filled with wonderful products to create Christmas and holiday projects.


Check out the Catalogues page to download a copy.  If you haven’t received a ‘hard copy’ and would like one please let me know and I’ll get one to you.

Stampin’ Up! have a promotion running for the next two months – Merry Patterns Host Promotion.  Hosting a Holiday catalogue event is always fun – and we’ve just sweetened the deal with our exciting Merry Patterns Host Promotion.  If you host a party with $500NZD in sales between now and 31 October as the host you will earn the FREE  Merry Patterns Stamp Set. 

Here are the details:

  • Promotion period:  1 September – 31 October 2017
  • The Merry Pattersn Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after 31 October
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $500NZD (before shipping and handling)
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to Stampn’ Rewards
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set may not be exchanged for another stamp set

Here are some samples using this exclusive set

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I would love to hold a Holiday Catalogue party with you so if you’re interested in earning this stamp set please contact me to book a time to hold a party for you and your friends.

Check back later today to see a card I made for a friend who celebrated a big ‘0’ birthday last week.

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Masculine Cards – August Card Class

By | August 31, 2017

Hi there

Last night I held the last of my monthly card classes so now I can share with you what they made.  Masculine cards always seem to stump us so this month I’ve made two masculine cards to add to our repertorie.

First up is a ‘Pull Tab’ card that features the new Circle Tab punch along with two great stamp sets – Lovely as a Tree and Guy Greetings.

Pull Tab Card - Front - Aug Card Class

To start with stamp the Lovely as a Tree image in Early Espresso towards the top part of the card.  To get the cutout area for the pull tab I punched out two circles using the 3/4″ circle punch just in from both edges of the card.  To cut out the area between the circle I placed the card in my paper trimmer and cut between the two circles.  To create my ‘road’ I used one of the images from Timeless Textures which I stamped in Memento Black.  Once I’d stamped it I was disappointed with the look – it was too black – so I coloured over the top with the White Watercolour Pencil which gave it a dully look and more like the colour of an asphalt road :).  The car is stamped in Memento Black then ‘fussy cut’ out.

Pull Tab Card - Open - Aug Card Class

To create the pulling mechanism I used Foam Adhesive Strips on the top and bottom of the cut out – the gap needs to be wide enough for the tab to slide through.  On a scrap bit of Very Vanilla stamp your sentiment and then adhere this directly to the card base alining the front mat in position to see the sentiment.  Dimensionals are adhered to the slider (end away from the tab) and then the cut out card is attached.  The new Circle Tab Punch came in handy to create my ‘pull tab’.

For the next card I did two colour options using scraps of cardstock from the Neutrals Family.  I don’t know about you but I end up with heaps of scraps so made this card to use some of them up.  It’s quick and simple but looks really effective.

Panel Card - Greys - Aug Card Class

I cut a piece of copy paper 10cm x 14.3cm and then adhered my strips of cardstock.  I then ran it through the Big Shot with one of our Textured Embossing Folders.  First up Smoky Slate, Basic Gray and Basic Black with the Hexagons Embossing Folder

Panel Card - Browns - Aug Card Class

and then Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand with the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder.  The Happy Birthday is cut out with the Thinlits die and adhered using the Multi Purpose Adhesive Sheet.  The card base is the Thick Very Vanilla Cardstock.

I’m going to create some more of these cards with some of the other colour families to use up my scraps.

Till next time

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Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

By | August 26, 2017

Hi there

With less than a week till the new Holiday Catalogue goes live I thought I’d share a ‘sneak peek’ of a card I made using a new stamp set.

Today my sister-in-law flew out for a 2 1/2 week study tour to Israel.  I wanted to give her a card which included a little ‘spending’ money for her trip.  Stampin’ Up! came to the party with the perfect new stamp set for me to create the card – Night in Bethlehem.

Night in Bethlehem - Allison - Front

What do you think – is this the perfect image or what? To create this card I stamped first in Crumb Cake then Sahara Sand and finally Soft Suede.  The stars are stamped in Daffodil Delight.  The card base is Soft Suede.

Night in Bethlehem - Allison - Inside

I didn’t want to spoil the front with a sentiment – and nothing seemed to suit –  so I added the sentiment on the inside.  Using Thoughtful Banners I was able to create the perfect personalised message.

Safe travels and have a wonderful time in Israel xx

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