Sneak Peek Time – Perfectly You!

It’s time for a little sneak peek at a stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue!  Perfectly You is a great Hostess Set featuring images for all holiday occasions.

This gorgeous little box was one of the projects we completed during Make ‘N Takes at our Home Office visit!

Birthday box Close Birthday Box FullI love the little ‘bunting’ wrapped around the box!  The handles and flags are created using the new Witches Brew Washi Tape, and can you spot the new Gold Foil paper?

Stamps: Perfectly You
Cardstock: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Gold Foil Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Other: Witches Brew Washi Tape, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelit Dies, Big Shot, Linen Thread


Masculine Theme Party – Part 2

As promised, I am back today with the final 2 projects from my masculine themed party.  I honestly had so much fun creating these – they are literally pulled together from a whole heap of scraps on my desk, along with all the dirty stamps that were lying around after being used on the previous projects!

First up is this fun decor sign.  It was inspired by one for a carnival/circus themed party and as soon as I saw it, the words Man Cave popped into my head and I just knew I had to make one!

Mans sign 4

 I created this using traditional paper and stamps etc but it would be a FANTASTIC project to create in MDS (and even better if you had a digital cutter to pair it with!)

Mans Sign 3

Mans Sign 2

Mans Sign 1The final project i created was this great 8×8″ mini album to act as a guest book!  There is plenty of room for guests to leave a message or words of wisdom for the recipient, plus each page is also a pocket so photos, or cards etc can be stored after the party.

Wisdom 7

wisdom 6There was no plan when decorating all the pages in this album – I just kept in mind all of the elements I had used on the other projects ie flags, circles, splotches etc and just kept repeating them.  It was literally a case of just throwing stuff at the page, but somehow it all came out looking great!Wisdom 2Wisdom 1wisdom 5

Wisdom 4

Wisdom 3

Would you like to create your own mini album like this?

Join me for my class in Lower Hutt on Thursday 5 September where I will be teaching how to construct & decorate this album!  You can choose what theme album you would like to create and I will coordinate colours and papers to suit!  Cost is $30.

Very Limited Places so book your spot NOW!


Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Make a Wish, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core’Dinations, Soho Subway DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelit Dies, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Basics Template, Buttons, Sanding Block

Masculine Party Theme

Sorry for the sudden lack of posts- I had a small accident last Wednesday that damaged my left eye and meant I couldn’t see pretty much anything for several days.  The good news is that it is healing well and I am back into the swing of things!

Today I wanted to share the 3rd and final party theme I created for my demonstrator booth at Stampin’ Up!’s North American Convention.  This one is my absolute favourite – it was fun to create and all just came together exactly how I wanted.  PLUS it’s one for the blokes (which is often the hardest theme to do) and could be used for a birthday, retirement or stag night!

First up, the party invitation:

Male Invite Male Invite 1

I started with the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, and then threw as many ‘manly’ products as I could at it!  There are lots of little touches to these projects – paper piercing, twine, buttons, sanding..

Next up is a box to hold all of the goodies from the BBQ!  These new large gift boxes from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue are such a great size as they hold a really decent amount!

Eats Box 1 Eats Box 2You can see that I kept the same main design and elements through all of the projects, including the favour bag for guests to take home with them:

Thanks BagThere are 2 more  projects from this event to share, but there are lots of photos so I am going to save those for tomorrows post!  They are my absolute favourite projects of the last couple of years so you definitely don’t want to miss them!

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Make a Wish, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core’Dinations, Soho Subway DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelit Dies, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Paper Piercing Tool, Paper Piercing Basics Template, Buttons, Sanding Block

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Pistachio and Gold Party Theme

I was honoured to be asked to present in one of the Demonstrator Booths during the North American Convention in Salt Lake City.  The theme I was asked to work to was Party & Event Planning – couldn’t really get much better for me, right??

The brief asked us to create 15 projects for display and demonstrate some of them in a 15 minute time slot (which we then had to repeat over and over for 3 hours!) I decided to divide my projects into 3 distinct themes: a super feminine event (birthday/Mothers Day/bridal shower…), a masculine theme (birthday, retirement event…) and a bright, fun kids party.

Today I am sharing the feminine event projects.  I quickly decided on a Pistachio Pudding & Gold theme after some inspiration from Pinterest, and then after playing with the new Gift Bow Bigz Die (coming out in the Holiday Catalogue on 1 September) I fell in love with that and had to incorporate that too:

Pistachio Box Close 2

This little favour box was the first project I completed and then based all of the other items from this.  The box itself is one of the Decorative Window Gift Boxes (another sneak peek from the Holiday Catalogue), it actually has a cute window in the lid but I covered it up this time.Pistachio Box I added a little extra detail by splattering the box with gold embossing.  I also just LOVE the Stretch Ruffled Ribbon for layering like this – because it is stretchy it clings to your project really nicely!Pistachio Box CloseNext up is the invitation to the party:

Pistahchio Invite ClosedFirst you remove the gift bow belly band
Pistachio Invite Half Then open the invitation out:Pistachio Invite openNext is a decorative banner to hang above a sweets table or the like:

Pistachio Banner 3 Pistachio Banner 2A cute little place setting (wrapped inside the doily is a chocolate treat):

Pistachio Place SettingAnd lastly, a little individual dessert jar:

Pistachio JarMaterials
Stamps: Lovely Romance, Make A Wish
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Venetian Romance DSP, Brushed Gold, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Versamark
Other: Big Shot, Gift Bow Bigz L Die, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing Powder, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Simply Pressed Clay, Blossom & Blooms Simply Pressed Moulds, Pistachio Pudding Stretch Ruffle Ribbon

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