Friday, January 4, 2019

BUTTERFLY GALA - #tgifc193

Happy New Year to you all!  With the new year comes exciting new things for me and one of them was being invited to join the amazing TGIF team of designers!  I am delighted to bring you my first design for this awesome challenge site today!

I love a good colour challenge and this one features a classic combination of green, pink and grey.  Now that the Occasions catalogue is live, I had a whole heap of new product to choose from to use! I chose the Butterfly Gala bundle and teamed it with a Sale-A-Bration freebie - Botanical Butterfly DSP.  You can earn this DSP for FREE when you purchase current Stampin' Up! products to the value of $110 NZD from me.

I chose this DSP because one side of every sheet is black and white and you can add any colour to make it suit your projects.  I sponged Melon Mambo ink over top of one sheet for a nice bright pop of colour.
I was inspired to use a card map designed by my good friend Teneale Williams.  I love the balance of all the elements and the bold focal point of the circle.  My project turned out even better than I had imagined it!

Have you got a project percolating in your head using these colours as well?  We would love you to share you project with us.  Head over to #tgifc193 and join in the fun!

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!


HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to the January Creating Kindness blog hop!!  We have a fabulous fancy fold card for you this month called a Bendi Card!  I think I may have made one a looooong time ago, so it was fun to try out this unusual card fold again.  We are also delighted to have New Zealand's newest Artisan Design Team member, Angela Meiritz-Reid, join in as guest designer this month!

The Beach Happy stamp set was a must have from the new Occasions catalogue.  It is summer here in the South Pacific so it will get plenty of use, but it was also a perfect choice to create my Bendi card and make a beach scene.  Can you just imagine relaxing in that deck chair? 

There are plenty of Bendi card tutorials around that explain how to make one but I used Jenny Hall's tutorial as a reminder.  It was quick and easy to follow!  I did cheat a little and use one of the framelits from In the Woods Framelit Dies to create the curved angles on my front panels rather than hand cutting them.  I sponged in my sky, sea and sand dune background before deciding the placement of beach chair, hat and basket.

This was such a fun card to make that I have other versions percolating in my mind now!  Next up on the hop is the very talented Danielle Bennenk, just click the button below to visit!

Blog Hop Participants
1.       Angela Meiritz-Reid - Guest Designer – New Zealand
2.       Lou Kitzelman - Australia
3.       Paula Dobson  - New Zealand
4.       Danielle Bennenk - Netherlands
5.       Jenny Hall - USA
6.       Charlet Mallett - USA
7.       Jay Soriano - UK
8.       Sara Levin - USA
9.       Cheryll Miller - Australia

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!

Friday, December 28, 2018


Welcome to the Fancy Friday blog hop.  If this is your first visit to our hop, welcome!  We are a group of past and present Stampin' Up! Artisans who love to craft together and bring you inspiration on the last Friday of every month.

Our inspiration this month is a mix of two things - products from the new Occasions Catalogue (live on the 2nd of January) and bulk production of cards for sending in 2019.  If you are anything like me, I make cards, but somehow never get around to sending them.  It could be that I give my cards to family and friends to use, but then have to make my own to send as I need them so I never have many in my own stash ready to go!  By making bulk cards in one sitting, I know I will have cards on hand to send when needed.

Being a techniques girl at heart, when I came across an awesome background for Glossy card using Stampin' Blends markers and Isopropyl alcohol on Splitcoast Stampers I knew I had to have a go at it and I LOVE how it turns out different everytime!  I adore the open lines of the Humming Along stamp set and it was perfect for just stamping over top of the colours to create my card fronts.  No need to colour in!  This stamp set also carries a number of different sentiments that cover many occasions.  This is going to be a favourite of mine!  I have used the lovely Gingham Gala Adhesive-backed Sequins for embellishment (Occasions) and the Highland Heather Organdy ribbon, which is a Sale-A-Bration item.  It's great that we can put items from any catalogue together on a project and know they will work!  Oh, and you can choose the Organdy Ribbon pack as an SAB freebie when you spend $110NZD or more from any live catalogue!

Next up on the hop is the lovely Elizabeth Price.  Everything she makes is a masterpiece in my opinion!  Click the next button below to visit her blog!

If you want the supplies to recreate my project, I would be delighted to be your demonstrator.  Click on the pictures below to shop my New Zealand store 24/7!