Great Opportunity – Join My Team!

You can save money by becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and receive a discount on all your orders, or you can decide to run it as a business – full time or part time, for the hours you choose – and earn some money from it.  Perhaps enough to buy your own craft supplies, or to earn money to help with the family household budget, or to save for something special like a holiday.

Benefits of joining Stampin’ Up!:

  • Discounts on high quality products (minimum 20% before GST)
  • Early access to products
  • Opportunity to earn extra money
  • Work the hours you choose
  • Earn free products, incentive trips
  • Support from me as your Team Leader
  • Weekly newsletters directly from Stampin’ Up!
  • Access to Facebook Team Pages
  • Regular training events
  • New friendships
  • Fun!

Cost for the Starter Kit: Only $189 – and you get to choose up to $285 worth of products from the current catalogues. You will also receive $90 worth of business supplies.

To find out more, feel free to give me a call, email me or check out some more information here.

Thursday’s Tip: Colouring Your Stamps With Marker Pens – Video

The Stampin’ Write Marker Pens come in the full range of Stampin’ Up! colours – Brights, Regals, Subtles, Neutrals and the two sets of In Colors.  I love my ink pads, but sometime using a Stampin’ Write Marker Pen in some situations is better.

Today’s tip shows you how you can colour your stamps with the Stampin’ Write Marker Pens.  One of the great benefit of this is you can use multiple colours on the one stamp.  Check out these pictures!

marker, Stampin' Write Maker Pens


Check out this video showing you how to use several colours on one stamp!

When storing your Stampin’ Write Marker Pens, store them horizontally.  That way it doesn’t matter if you need to use the thick tip or the thin tip.  If you store them vertically, all the ink goes to that end.  If you store it with the thick tip pointing downwards and then you try and use the thin tip, it won’t work very well as all the ink is at the other end of the pen!

And another quick tip for using your Stampin’ Up! Marker Pens is, if you stamp something, but it hasn’t quite stamped properly, you can carefully touch it up with a marker pen in the same colour.  More often than not, you can’t tell it has been touched up!

Here is the range of Stampin’ Up! Markers available.   The Basic Black marker pen can be purchased individually.  The rest can be purchased in their colour group, or purchase the four main colour groups together and save, as well as a case to keep them in.

Product List

Each Thursday I share a new tip with you.  Check out last week’s tip here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have learnt a few things to help you use your Stampin’ Write Marker Pens more efficiently.

New In Color Fabulous Flamingo Note Card

Flamingos are quite the in-thing at the moment with cardmaking.  Here is a stamped Note Card featuring a flamingo.  This is what the ladies who came to my Open House Event the other week were able to make.

Fabulous Flamingo Note Card

I must admit, the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set is not one of the stamp sets that was on my wish list or something that I would have thought to buy from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  It was one of the free stamp sets I received at OnStage in April and I am very grateful for any free stamp set I receive.  OnStage is an event which is held twice a year, and it is only for demonstrators. It is a chance for us to get together, be inspired, see the upcoming new catalogue, play with new product, learn some things to help us with our business and have fun!  And we get some freebies too!  Always a bonus!  If you would like to know more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can find out some more information here.

Anyway, I thought since I have this stamp set, I may as well use it.  Now that I have it, I like it .  Several of my customers also liked it after “playing” with it.


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I used three of the new In Colors on the his card.  I used Tranquil Tide for the reeds, Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves, and Powder Pink in the flamingo, along with Flirty Flamingo.  I also used Soft Sky for the water.  I stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, rather than straight on the Note Card. I did this for two reasons.  The first reason was because if I stamped something wrong, I could turn it over or get a new piece and start again, and I then I wouldn’t waste a Note Card.  The second reason is so that I can wrap the piece of Black Twine around the card front before adhering it to the Note Card base.

Another thing I also did was, I stamped inside the card, just with the water and reeds, and I also stamped on the envelope.  This helps it all coordinate and make it extra special.

I cased this card from Jacque Williams and Paula Dobson.  Thank you ladies for sharing your creations with this card.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s creation, featuring the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

We Love Hosts – Host Online – Have Fun & Earn Free Product!

Host a workshop/party during June and earn even more Stampin’ Rewards on qualifying orders!
We love Hosts Host online
Earn more rewards! Take advantage of the June promotion… get some friends together, look over the catalogue, combine your orders and get an extra $50 to spend when the orders total $500 or more (excluding shipping and handling).  Or hold a workshop, be the host, enjoy some stamping and earn Stampin’ Rewards from the orders placed.
How do you earn extra rewards?
For a $500 order, normally you get 10% of the order total as Stampin’ Rewards, that’s $50. But for June, you get an EXTRA $50 in Stampin’ Rewards, so you will get to spend $100 on anything in the catalogue, including the special host rewards stamp sets on pages 220-223.
Or, why not arrange a date and invite a group of family and friends over and hold a workshop.  I can come and show you some stamping and paper-crafting ideas.  They may have done it before, or it may be its all new for them.  Everyone is welcome. It will be a fun time.  Everyone will get to make a card or two that they take home.  As Host, if the orders from the event, reach a certain amount, you can earn free product through Stampin’ Rewards.  If your order totals reach $500, then you earn an extra $50 in Stampin’ Rewards.  Email me today to find out more.
Would you like to be a Host, but you aren’t sure if you can?
– Perhaps you can’t hold an event at your place.
– Perhaps you have friends who like to craft, but they don’t live near you.
– Perhaps you would like to host an event, but I live too far away from you.

Guess what, you can host! How about an online event?  We love Hosts, so Host Online!

If you would like to, then let me know.  I will set up an online Facebook event and, before the event, you can invite your friends along – those who enjoy crafting, or perhaps those who may be interested in crafting but haven’t tried it yet. All those who wish to take part can join the event.  The event could be a one hour live event, or over a week – with me sharing once or twice a day. During the duration of the event, I will tell them about Stampin’ Up!, share some projects with them via video, and share crafting tips etc.  At the end of it, I will ask if anyone would like to order and, as Host, you will earn Stampin’ Rewards.  Why not give it a go?
Contact me to find out more, book an event, or hold an online event.  Participate to earn extra rewards!

2017-2019 In Colors Monochromatic Fresh Florals Card

I love the five new 2017-2019 In Colors.  The new In Colors are Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil.  I want to say I have a favourite, but I like them all.

At my Open Home Event last weekend, I shared the new In Colors with my customers and they got to make a monochromatic card featuring one of the new In Colors.  They could make it in either Fresh Fig or Berry Burst.   The other three In Colors were used on another card which I will also share with you sometime in the next few days.

Here are the cards they were able to make:

2017-2019 In Colors Monochromatic Cards

I cut a piece of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper to fit the front of the card, allowing for a slight border .  I then cut the piece in half.  The top half of the card has one side of the paper, and the bottom half the other.  I have covered the join with a strip of Whisper White cardstock and a slightly smaller piece of In Color cardstock on top of this which has been textured embossed with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the new Label Me Pretty Stamp Set and punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch.  I adhered the ribbon to the card first with a couple of Glue Dots and then adhered the sentiment with the new Mini Dimensionals over the top.

Here is a close up of each.  The first one is in Berry Burst.

2017-2019 In Colors Monochromatic Berry Burst


Here it is in Fresh Fig:

2017-2019 In Colors Monochromatic Fresh Fig

I have cased today’s card, but sorry I can’t remember who designed it.

2017-2019 In Colors Monochromatic Card Supplies:

Stamp Set: Label Me Pretty* – wood or clear
Ink: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig
Paper: In Colors Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper [DSP]
Punch: Pretty Label Punch*
Other: Big Shot, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Finely Woven Ribbon, Embossing folder, Mini Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

The Label Me Pretty stamp set and Pretty Label Punch can be purchased as a bundle with a saving of 10%.  the bundle is available in both wood and clear.

If you would like to place an order, you can check out how to do so here, or please feel free to contact me.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new 2017-2019 In Colors and today’s monochromatic card.

Thursday’s Tip: How To Protect Handmade Cards In The Mail

Today’s tip is on how to protect handmade cards when sending them in the mail.  When you have spent a lot of time and effort making a lovely handmade card, the last thing you want is for it to get wet in the letterbox and the ink colours run destroying all your efforts.

Check out this short video to see how you can easily protect your homemade card.

These are the Clear Medium Envelopes I use to protect my card when I post it in the mail. Protect Handmade Cards, clear medium envelopesI hope you have found today’s tip useful.   I share a new tip each week on Thursday.  Check out last week’s tip here.

If you would like to purchase some of these Clear Medium Envelopes to protect your handmade card, you can order them from my online store here.

Last Weekend’s Open Home Event For The New Annual Catalogue!

Last Saturday I had my Open Home Event.  It was a chance to share the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue with my customers.  They got to see displays of cards and other projects made with new stamp sets and other product, see the new 2017-2019 In Colors, receive a free catalogue, and make up to three cards.

June Open Home Event

Here are some close up photos:

Here are photos of the three cards they got to make.  Tomorrow is my weekly feature “Thursday’s Tip”, so on Friday I will share more information on what I used in each card.

The first one features the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set.


The second card featured the new 2017-2019 In Colors.  They could either make it in Berry Burst or Fresh Fig. June Open Home Event In Color Card


And the last one featured the Delightful Daisy Suite:June Open Home Event, Delightful Daisy Suite


Each person that came also received a “Survival Kit”.  You may be wondering what this is.  It’s a little bit of fun and each little pack included:

  1. Sticky Note – to mark your favourite items.
  2. A Wish List – to keep track of your must-have items.
  3. Pen – how else can we fill in that fun wish list.
  4. Chocolate – because everything (even stamping!) is better with chocolate. Seriously.
  5. Bandage – for paper cuts while rapidly flipping through the pages.
  6. Tea Bag – to help you relax while you use this gorgeous book and search through the endless number of creative projects.


June Open Home Event, Survival Kit


In the Survival Kit I also included a bookmark stamped with the new 2017-2019 In Colors and an order form.

June Open Home Event, Survival Kit Contents


Here are a couple of displays featuring the new 2017-2019 In Colors – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide.

June Open Home Event, In Color Displays

If you weren’t able to make it to the Open Home Event, or you don’t have a copy of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue yet, you can receive your own personal copy by filling in your details here.

Thursday’s Tip: What Is An Effective Way to Store Dies?

Today’s Thursday Tip, is a storage tip showing you one way you can store dies.  There are various ways you can, but this is a way that I find works for me.  It is also a way to know if you have all the dies there, especially when it is a set with lots of dies, and many small ones too.

Check out the short video below.

The Framelits Dies Set shown in the video has now retired, but you can still watch it and see how I store my dies.

Do you store your Framelits and Thinlits Dies in a different way?  I would love to hear what you do.

Remember each Thursday I share a tip of the week with you.  You can check out last week’s tip here.

I hope you have found today’s tip on how to store dies useful.  Perhaps you would like to give it a go.

2017 – 2019 In Colors – Five Exciting New On-Trend Colours!

The new 2017 – 2019 In Colors are here!   They are Powder Pink, Fresh Fig,  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide.  Aren’t these stunning on-trend colours!

2017 - 2019 In Colors, 2017 - 2019 In Colours

What are “In Colors”?
Stampin’ Up! has four groups of colours which appear each year in the Annual catalogue.  These are divided into four groups – Brights, Regals, Subtles and Neutrals.  As well as these four colour groups, in each new release of the Annual Catalogue, five new colours are added.  These on-trend colours are called the “In Colors“, and with them comes in a full range of ink, cardstock and accessories such as ribbons, embellishments etc. These exciting new colours stay current for two years .  They are great foundation colours or accents for the core colours – perfect for keeping your creativity fresh.

These five In Colors aren’t necessarily designed for using as a collection, but rather for combining with existing colours to refresh and revitalise them. However, at times some of the colours do work really well together, like in the Eastern Palace Suite.  These three 2017-2019 In Colors are featured – Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide.

Check out these colour combinations using the 2017 – 2019 In Colors:

2017 - 2019 In Colors, 2017 - 2019 In Colours Combinations 1 2017 - 2019 In Colors, 2017 - 2019 In Colours Combinations 2

If you would like to download the above combinations to keep for your own reference, click here, 2017 – 2019 In Color Combinations.

If you would like to see all the products available in the 2017 – 2019 In Colors, check out my online store here.  You fill find ink pads, ink refills, markers, cardstock, ribbon, embellishments, and Designer Series Paper all in these colours.  There are also other Designer Series Papers which may include one or two of the new 2017 -2019 In Colors along with other colours.

Aren’t these exciting new 2017 – 2019 In Colors stunning?  I am enjoying creating with them and I hope you will too.

Thursday’s Tip: Get Organised With The Love Today Planner Kit!

The Love Today Planner Kit is a great way to get organised.  It will keep you on schedule and give you a creative outlet too!    This all-inclusive kit has everything you need to create a customised yearly planner.  There’s a refill kit too so you can keep planning year after year!

Check out these photos to see what the beautiful Love Today Planner Kit is like!

Love Today Planner Kit


Love Today Planner Kit Calendar

Love Today Planner Kit Photos

Love Today Planner Kit to do

Love Today Planner Kit Contents

This is what is in the Love Today Planner Kit


Here is a video sharing some tips and tricks for using Stampin’ Up!’s new Love Today Planner Kit.

If you would like to purchase the Love Today Planner Kit, you can do so through my online store here.

Each Thursday I share a tip with you.  Today’s one is a little different as it more of a tip to help daily life, rather than a specific paper crafting tip, but if you would like to see more tips, then you can check out last week’s one here, the shaving foam technique.

New 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Is Finally Here!

Check out the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!

Open House Event for 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue

Click on the image above, or on this link to view an PDF of the catalogue.

This is full of lots of exciting new stamp sets, dies, punches, Designer Series Paper, new In Colors, ribbons and so much more!

If you are in Auckland, then come along to my free Open Home Event!

If you are not able to come to the event and you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue, please fill in your details here and I will send you a complimentary copy.

If you are looking for Thursday’s Tip, this will be posted later today.

We ♥ Hosts – June Stampin’ Rewards Host Promotion!

Check out the Stampin’ Up’!’s host promotion!


Get together with family and friends, have fun creating while hosting a free event.  If orders are $500 or more receive an additional $50 in Stampin’ Rewards!  Contact me today to book your event.



  • The qualifying amount must be reached before  shipping
  • Customer orders that qualify also earn additional Stampin’ Rewards

New 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue Free Open Home Event!

Open Home Event 10th June 2017

The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue is nearly here! You are invited to come along to my free Open Home Event!  There will be lots of project displays to inspire you and new product to see.  Plus you can take part in a make-and-take or two, have a chance to win a Door Prize, enjoy some light refreshments and take home a copy of the new Annual Catalogue, if you don’t already have one.

Check out the cover of the upcoming catalogue!

Open House Event for 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue


As well as lots of exciting new stamp sets, dies, and many other products, the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue has five new In Colours.  Here is a sneak peak at what they look like.   Wait to you see them in person.  They are a wonderful range of fresh colours!  Any guesses to what they are called? Which one of the five is your favourite?   I like them all, but I really like the one on the left!

Open Home Event New In colors, in colours

When: Saturday 10th June 2017
Time: 1pm – 5pm.  Drop in anytime, and stay as long as you like.
Address: My home – Unsworth Heights, Auckland. (When you register, the address will be provided.)
Cost: FREE!

RSVP: By Thursday 8th June. The first five people who register will receive a free gift. To register, click here or email me.

If you have a friend who enjoys paper crafting, or someone who is new to this type of thing, please bring the along and let them check it out for themselves.

I look forward to seeing you there!


If you wish to check out other upcoming events, please click here.

If you are not able to make it to the event, but you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue, please fill in your details here and I will send you a complimentary copy.

Awesomely Artistic Thank You Cards For My Customers

A thank you card is a wonderful way for me to shown appreciation to my customers.  I appreciate all my customers, those who come to my classes, those who order through me either directly or online and those of you who follow me on my Facebook page and blog.

Each month I give them a thank you card to those who order through me, to show my appreciation for them choosing to order through me.  Here is the Note Card and envelope I made featuring the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.   This stamp set is available in both wood and clear.

Awesomely Artistic Thank You Cards Set


I have kept the design fairly simple and used three colours – Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake.

Awesomely Artistic Thank You Cards


I have used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set a few times recently.  It features on this overlapping gate fold card that I taught recently at home weekend class.

Supplies for Thank You Card:

Stamp sets: Awesomely Artistic, Cottage Greetings

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake

Other: Whisper White Note Cards 

Did you know that the new Annual Catalogue that comes out this week on Thursday 1st June, and in this you will see a new set of Note Cards.  The Note Cards will also be available in Very Vanilla!

If you would like your own personal copy of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue, please fill out your details here and I would be happy to send you a free copy.

Thursday’s Tip: Shaving Foam Technique Photo Tutorial

Today’s tip is on how to do the shaving foam technique. You can create lots of interesting and colourful backgrounds with this technique and its fun too!  Here is a card I made featuring the paper I decorated using the shaving foam technique.


Here is the inside of the card with a strip of the shaving foam designed cardstock at the bottom:

Awesomely Artistic Gate Fold Card with shaving foam technique inside

What do you need for the shaving foam technique?

Shaving Foam – budget one is fine!
Paper/plastic plate
Kebab stick or something similar
Old gift card
Whisper White cardstock


How do you do the shaving foam technique?

Step One: Put some shaving foam on a paper plate and smooth it out with an old gift card.

shaving foam technique 1


Step Two: Drop some drops of reinkers onto the surface of the shaving foam.  I have used Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron and Rich Razzleberry.

shaving foam technique 2


Step Three: Using a kebab stick, or something similar, swirl the reinker around until patterns form and the colours mix. Do not overmix, or it will become muddy.

shaving foam technique 3


Step Four: Lie your piece of Whisper White cardstock on top of swirly inked shaving foam.

shaving foam technique 4

Gently lift it up and it will look like this.

shaving foam technique 5


Step Five:  Sandwich the piece you picked up with another blank piece of Whisper White cardstock like as shown in the photo below.  Press some of the excess shaving foam out and wipe away.

Shaving Foam Technique 5


Step Six:  Pull the two pieces of cardstock apart.  They will look like this.

shaving foam technique 6


Step Seven: Very carefully wipe any extra shaving foam off, trying not to smudge it.

shaving foam technique 7


Step Eight: If either piece of cardstock has some blank patches that you don’t like, (like one on the left in step eight), dip it into the shaving foam again.

shaving foam technique 8


Step Nine:  Wipe off any excess shaving foam and it will look like this.  Your card piece will be smooth and soft to touch.

shaving foam technique 9


Step Ten: Cut your cardstock to size and use in your card creation.

If you would like to learn how make the Overlapping Gate Fold card featured at the beginning of this post, or like the one in yesterday’s post, please contact me.  In the next week or so, I will be holding another class showing you how to make it.  If you are not local, I hope to offer it as an online class, so please email me and let me know you are interested and I will put you on my early bird list for when my online class is launched. In the meantime, I hope you have found this photo tutorial useful and you will give the shaving foam technique a try.