Monday, December 9, 2019


Welcome back to another Stampin' Down Under mini blog hop!  Being December, Alisa and I thought it would be a great idea to share our favourite stamp sets from this years Holiday Catalogue.

Anything I can colour in is always going to be a hit with me and I just couldn't go past these cute band of Christmas characters!  I love this set and have coloured it many times with Stampin' Blends, but this time I went with watercolour!

I stamped my image with Black Stazon ink and then again on a post-it-note before fussy cutting it out.  I then used that note to mask off my image to protect it.  Using Balmy Blue ink and another post-it-note to mask off my "ground", I then sponged around my characters to create a soft blue background and also to ground the images on the "snow".  After removing my post-it-notes, I simply coloured in all the images in various colours using my Aqua Painter.  Simple layers finished my card!

I hope you have been enjoying these little monthly blog hops that Alisa and I have been doing in the run up to our new Class to Go offerings beginning January 2020!  How does two classes per month sound to you?  One from each of us!  Watch this space!

Click on the button below to visit with Alisa and see what set has been her favourite this year.

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!


Saturday February 15th, 2020 - 10am-4pm
$120 per person

A whole day of crafting just for YOU! Price includes classes built around the Jan-June 2020 Mini Catalogue, Stampin' Up! product, prizes, lunch and an invitation to the private FB event a few days later.
(Please advise any dietary requirements.)

Please EMAIL ME to book your spot and get full payment and cancellation details.

A $50 non-refundable deposit will secure your place.
Full and final payment due by 15th January, 2020.

In addition to the All Day Retreat, I will be offering an Online version of this event for the first time ever! If you can't come in person, you can still do this Retreat no matter where you live! Nearer the time, I will create a private Facebook group for this Retreat and you can be invited!
Everyone who attends in person will automatically have access to the facebook event. If you can't come but would love to do the Retreat, there are two options:
Retreat to Go - $120 (New Zealand Residents Only) Please MESSAGE ME for this option.
* Receive everything the in person attendees get (except lunch!) Class kits, pdf's, product goodie bag, and gifts. Cost also includes postage to you and access to the facebook event!
Online Attendance Only - $40
* Access to the facebook event. Chat to others in the group and share your versions of my class projects.
* All PDF's will be available after the classes for you to print or download.
* 3 Facebook Live classes that will stay in this group to rewatch whenever you want!
Facebook event dates to be advised.

I can't wait to see you soon!

Friday, December 6, 2019

WHAT IS BLUE & SPARKLY - #tgifc241

The theme at this weeks #tgifc241 challenge is blue and sparkly, that's what!  I always like a good colour challenge and this was no exception.  To play along with us, just click on the banner below to head to the TGIF Challenges site and upload your artwork!  We can't wait to see what you come up with.

With colour challenges, it is generally accepted that you can also use neutrals alongside it.  Thankfully, Night of Navy is now considered a neutral in the Stampin' Up! range of products and worked in beautifully next to the light Seaside Spray blue.  I just needed that little bit of "oomph" and contrast.

Seaside Spray and Silver Glitter had me thinking snowflakes, even though we have a summer Christmas here in the South Pacific.  The Colorful Seasons stamp set is a great universal set to own, with snowflakes, autumn leaves, spring blossoms and summer deckchairs.  Every season is taken care of!  I die cut the word "Christmas", using the Word Wishes Dies, from Silver Glimmer Paper and three more from Seaside Spray card before stacking them all together to create my dimensional greeting.

I heat embossed all my snowflakes in White embossing powder and then sponged Seaside Spray and Night of Navy ink over the top for a resist look on my card front.  I finished the card by splattering Frost White Shimmer Paint and adhering a few Seaside Spray sequins from the Woven Threads range. 

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, November 22, 2019


Two posts in one day! I am on fire!!  We have a fun new challenge at TGIFC this week - dry embossing Vellum.  We would love it if you joined in and shared your project with us.  Click on the banner below to go straight to our challenge site and upload your masterpiece.

There are a couple of ways you can dry emboss on vellum.  You can use a scoring stylus and I have a video you can view HERE with a couple of samples.  Or you can use an embossing folder and embossing machine which I have done with this card.

I used the fabulous Bricks & Mortar embossing folder to create my "brick wall".  Simply place your vellum in the folder and run through your embossing machine to create a lovely textural pattern.  Just one thing, vellum can be hard to adhere to your projects without seeing the adhesive.  Most of my vellum piece is attached just underneath the DSP and ribbon.  I also placed a small dot of adhesive at the bottom of the vellum and hid it with a gold glitter enamel dot!

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!