Friday, April 10, 2020


Happy Friday!!  I hope everyone is keeping well and not going too stir crazy in whatever stage of lock down you are currently in.  The TGIF team have a great challenge this week with this awesome sketch.  Are you up for it?  Just click on the banner below to head on over to the challenge site and join in with your own interpretation!

I am still "Paula'fying" the Ornate Garden Suite of products now available in the Stampin' Up! range.  The "vintage/ornate" style of this suite doesn't suit my own simpler style, so I am enjoying coming up with ways to make it my own while still using everything that comes in the suite (just not all on one project!).

I had a spare piece of card left over from another project which had Shimmer Embossing Paste over it, to which I had mixed a little So Saffron ink for a really soft coloured look.  It looked a little like buttercream icing actually!  I didn't want this to go to waste, so I cut a panel using one of the lovely border frames from it then backed it with a dark mat to really make the features of that die pop.

I have watercoloured the large floral image after first stamping on Shimmery White card stock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Apart from the black ink, there are only three other colours used to water colour the image: Highland Heather, Old Olive and So Saffron.  By laying down a light wash of colour in each area, then allowing to dry before adding a more intense layer, you can create highlights and low-lights from just one colour of ink!

As you can tell, I have taken a little creative licence with the sketch, and that is ok!  You can add your own interpretation too.  I hope you will also join in with the #tgifc259 challenge!

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, April 2, 2020


Well hello to you all!  I hope you are staying safe and healthy as the world grapples with Covid19.  New Zealand is presently in complete lockdown so being able to participate in this months Creating Kindness blog hop is a very welcome distraction to everything going on.  We are blessed to be joined this month by guest designer Liz Yuille as we explore coloured pencils!!

Many of you will know that colouring is my first love.  All too often though, I tend to go overboard and show off.  Today I kept it very simple with this single layer card and let the colouring be the star of the show.

I love a good sunset, so set about recreating one with Stampin' Up!'s Watercolour Pencils in a spotlight.  I didn't add any water to the pencils, but left them natural.  I first stamped my images in Memento Black ink and then used a large Circle Die as a template for my night sky, gently drawing around it with a pencil before colouring in.

It's a very simple card and it took me all my time not to add anything more to it.  I do like how it turned out though!  Click on the button below to visit our next designer, Sara Levin of the Artful Inker!

Blog Hop Participants
1.       Liz Yuille - Guest Designer – UK
2.       Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
3.       Tanya Boser – USA
4.       Lou Kitzelman – Australia
5.       Marcy Denning – Canada
6.       Cheryll Miller – Australia
7.       Jay Soriano – UK
8.       Paula Dobson – New Zealand
9.       Sara Levin - USA

10.   Jenny Hall – 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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


With the Covid19 crisis affecting us all worldwide, I have designed a class that will bring a little rainbow of happiness to everyone who needs it!  This class features the mainly sentiment stamp set "Seriously The Best" available in the January-June Mini Catalogue.  I also feature ideas on how to use those small stamps we often have in sets.
  If you live in New Zealand, simply place your order with me and I will send you all the kits and tutorials to make those projects.  If you live in Australia, you will place your order with Alisa, HERE.

Price - $67.25 Plus Postage (Size 2 Bag $4.50, add $3.90 for rural delivery)
  • Seriously The Best Stamp Set valued at $40.00
  • Glitter Enamel Dots valued at $14.75
  • 1 Packet Mini Dimensionals valued at $7.25
  • 3m Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon valued at $5.25
  • 6 FREE Envelopes valued at $2.80
  • Card Class to create 6 Cards (2 each of 3 designs) valued at $18
  • Instructions in PDF format emailed to you valued at $10
  • Postage from Warehouse to me is FREE valued at $5.95
If you have any of the above products you can exchange for something else.  Just let me know in section two of the form below.

You will also need:
  • Memento Tuxedo Black, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana and Versamark Inks
  • Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy & White Embossing Powder
  • Sponges, Brayer or Ink Blending Brushes
  • Post-it Notes or Masking Tape
  • Adhesives
Class registration is open until the 7th April.  Class contents will then be ordered.  We normally ask that you please allow two weeks to receive your Class to Go, however given the current crisis, please allow a little more time.  New Zealand Only Please.  Payment instructions will be given on registration.