Friday, February 22, 2019


It's Fancy Friday and we are show casing our favourite Occasions Catalogue products today.  We are a group of past and present Artisans who love to craft together and bring you inspiration on the last Friday of every month.

I have to admit, I am partial to a good "Guy" stamp set or bundle.  While I am not a keen fisherman (fisherperson?) myself, I certainly love eating them!  The Best Catch bundle is perfect for quite a few  men in my life and had me channeling my inner watercolour artist!

I created the background on Shimmery White cardstock by "painting" a combination of Pool Party and Coastal Cabana inks on my largest Clear Block and then spritzing with water and laying my paper directly on top to get this cool watery effect.  Once dry, I stamped random bubbles in the same inks.
I Googled Rainbow Trout to see what colours I could paint this little fella and love how he turned out!  I painted the Fly in the same colours and using the Catch of the Day thinlits, I was able to layer these on my background in a flash.  Adding a few Iridescent Sequins finished this beauty.

Next up on this magical mystery tour is the amazing, divine and incredibly talented Rochelle Blok in 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, February 15, 2019


The TGIF Team have a great challenge for you for #tgifc199 - showcase your favourite Sale-A-Bration product - and we would love it if you shared it with us too!   Just click on the picture below to head on over to our blog to upload your project photo.

When I first saw the Lovely Lattice stamp set it was just begging to be watercoloured.  This lovely stamp set is a FREE choice when you purchase $110 NZD in Stampin' Up! products.  Just click the Shopping Cart button at the top of my blog to get started.  

I first stamped my Shimmery White Card in Versamark ink before heat setting with Gold Embossing Powder.  This is a great way to keep colour inside the lines if watercolouring scares you!  I then really diluted my ink colours a lot before coloring around the outside of my image.  I wanted a really soft and dreamy look to the background.

Once that was dry (you can speed that up with your Heat Tool), I then coloured in the gorgeous floral images with more intense ink colours, using less water.  If you want your colours to mix, then add them one after the other while they are still wet.  If you want a more separated look, apply one colour at time, drying in between.  That is how I got the distinct separation between my yellows and reds.
I then used just a portion of the same colouring techniques on the inside of my card as well.

So what is your favourite SAB product?  SAB still has another month and a half to run and starting today, we now have even more product choices with the 2nd Release going live.  Exciting!!
I hope this inspires you to create with your SAB products!  Visit the TGIF blog to share with us!

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, February 8, 2019


I am absolutely delighted that my good friend and fellow demonstrator, Louise Sharp, is joining the Creating Kindness blog hop this month as our guest designer.  I think everything Louise makes is a masterpiece!  Make sure you go visit with her to see for yourself.
This month, we are celebrating birthdays!

I have to be honest and tell you that when I saw the Bloom By Bloom stamp set in the Occasions catalogue, I was totally underwhelmed and I didn't purchase first.  Well, my opinion has done a complete U turn.  It is a wonderful stamp set filled with solid images that lend themselves to many different techniques.  They also layer up on a single layer card beautifully!  Keeping my card fairly simple with just stamps, ink and paper, I had fun choosing the colours I would use and then deciding the placement of the images.  With the exception of a layered die cut, there are no other embellishments on this card.  Watch my You Tube video below to see the card design in process and please subscribe if you like what you see!

I actually made two of these cards, one with black die cuts and one with white.  Which is your favourite?

Click on the button below to visit with the ever talented Jay Soriano in the UK.  I can't wait to see what he has designed for us.

Blog Hop Participants
1.       Louise Sharp – Guest Designer - Australia
2.       Jenny Hall – USA
3.       Lou Kitzelman – Australia
4.       Paula Dobson  - New Zealand
5.       Jay Soriano – UK
6.       Marcy Denning - Canada
7.       Cheryll Miller – Australia
8.       Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
9.       Jerim Dickins – UK
10.   Sara Levin – USA
11.   Carolynn Sander - Canada
12.   Charlet Mallett - USA

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!