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!

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Hello and welcome to the Stamp to Share blog hop for December!  This month we are sharing a sneak peek of the gorgeous Forever Lovely bundle, which as Demo's attending our Onstage events in November recently, we were able to get our hands on really early!  This beautiful bundle will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue which comes out on the 2nd of January.  It will be a short hop this month, as a few of our fabulous team were not able to attend these events in their local markets, but those of us who did are excited to share our creations with you!

This bundle comes with a beautiful suite of products that are designed for the romantic moments in our lives and it features various pinks and Crumb Cake in the DSP and embellishments available.  I decided to go bold instead with the use of Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow as my feature colours and highlights of copper throughout.  This two step stamp set is easy to line up with the stamparatus and as it is a DisINKtive stamp, only one ink colour is needed to get great variation of colour within just the one stamp!

After stamping my flowers, I ran my card through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder to give it a lovely soft texture, which is really hard to photograph!  There are some really intricate dies in the bundle, but I chose just a few floral accents and the lovely corner accents to finish with.

Nextup o the hop is my lovely friend Amy Koenders in the US!

You heard me talk about using the Stamparatus to line up the stamps in this bundle to create the beautiful flower garlands of this card.  Do you know, the Stamparatus is my most favourite tool in the catalogue!  Even someone stamping for the first time will feel like an accomplished stamper using this tool.  Many of you have already purchased this fabulous tool, but how about having a fantastic bag to store it in?  Well now you can!  The Stamparatus Craft & Carry Tote is available for purchase!  Just visit my Online Store to get yours!

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 7, 2018


I am so excited to be rejoining the amazing Creating Kindness design team again after a few months away.  I am even hoping to join in their fabulous video hops when time allows and I actually have one for you today!  This month also sees guest designer Liz Holloway join us and I can't wait to see what she has designed for this months theme of "Seasonal Floral".

Living in the New Zealand, we are entering into summer, and that means wedding season!  My DH and I are attending a wedding in February so I was in just the right mood to create this kind of romantic card AND I got to use NEW product coming in the 2019 Occasions catalogue!

The Incredible Like You stamp set is so pretty and while it coordinates with a new card kit in the catalogue, it works beautifully on it's own too.  I created a short video to show you how this card came together.


Next up on the hop is the talented Lou Kitzelman and I can't wait to see what she has created for us!

Blog Roll:
Jay Soriano -  UK
Paula Dobson – New Zealand
Lou Kitzelman - Australia
Marcy Denning - Canada
Liz Holloway - Canada
Carolynn Sander – Canada
Cheryll Miller – Australia
Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands

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! Product List