Tuesday, September 30, 2008

World Card Making Day Event

A group of local Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have got together to do a big event for World Card Making Day.


When - Saturday 11th October 08
Time – Drop in any time from 11am until 3pm (register by 10 October & go in the draw to win!)
Where – New Plymouth Bible Chapel, 50 Vivian Street, NP
Cost - $3 per Card - make as many or few as you wish.  There will be 10 different cards to make, including at least one Christmas Card, all pre-cut and ready to make.  Bring some friends and have fun.

Coffee, Tea and some yummy snacks will be provided

Prizes for Stampin’ Up! product will be drawn on the day.

$1 from every card made will be donated to Starship Children's Hospital

As part of World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! are offering 20% off their fabulous Simply Sent Kits.


Contact me for more details or to register -

ph 06 753 3736 / 027 3711420. 

Lets all get in behind this great fundraiser and support a worthy cause.

Monday, September 29, 2008

What's that set called??

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Yes, I can hear you asking.   THAT set is called "Live Your Dream", and has not yet been released in New Zealand, but as Stampin' Up! Demos, we got this set for free on Saturday when we had our Regional Training.   How cool is that!!  We made a couple of things with this new set, and I've got to say that I LOVE IT!  Oh, have you noticed something else that you haven't seen in our catalogue??  YES - A SQUARE SCALLOP PUNCH!   Wooohooo!  AND, we are also getting a fabulous new straight scallop edge punch, that makes scalloping super fast!   LOVE THEM ALL.   Unfortunately, despite bribing the lovely Emma from Stampin' Up! in Auckland to let us take a punch home, we came home without them, so we will be waiting to see when these will come into our catalogue - here's hoping the next Mini Catalogue huh?!

Well - that's two posts in one day, and that would be because the weather is stink here today.  I really struggle to be inside in front of my computer when the sun is out.  I've snatched a couple of hours this week to sit out in the sun with scrapbooking magazines, and have really enjoyed it.  Yesterday we even went to the river with the kids & the dog and went swimming.   OK, so maybe I didn't quite get in the water, but I WAS in my togs.  The water was freezing, but despite that, the boys all got in with the dog, and it was a great taste of the summer to come.  Hope you all made the most of your day!


Corbett Park Sep 08 P9270317

Season Of Joy - Projects By Mail

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Sharlene and I have put our heads together to come up with some great new Christmas projects to inspire you to get ready for Christmas earlier this year than you did last year!

If you struggle to find the time, motivation, or just the inspiration to create the beautiful cards and gift items that you would love to do, then this kit is just for you!

You will receive everything you need to create 6 fantastic projects, along with complete e-mailed instructions with step-by-step photos so you can make them in your own home at your own pace (in your pyjamas if you wish!)

For a total price of just $117 (plus shipping), you will receive the following:

* Season Of Joy stamp set (this set alone is valued at $60.95)

* Purely Pomegranate ink pad

* River Rock ink pad

* Always Artichoke ink pad
(the ink pads can be exchanged for alternative colours if you already have the above)

* 1 pack Holiday Harmony Double Sided Designer Paper

* Cardstock in Purely Pomegranate, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black (enough to complete all the projects with left-overs as well!)

* Satin, double-stitched, and grosgrain ribbons

* Flower, pearl, and rhinestone brad from Pretties kit

* Brads, jumbo eyelet, dimensionals

* Full step-by-step photo instructions for 6 projects (Two 3D items and 4 cards)

If you purchase this kit between now and October 5th you will also receive a FREE Dazzling Diamonds glitter with your order.

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What you need to supply:

* Versamark
* Dazzling Diamonds (or receive it FREE if you order and pay by October 5th)
* Gold Embossing Powder
* Heat tool
* Adhesive
* Hole punch/crop-a-dile
* Paper trimmer

If you do not have these items, you can purchase them with your kit order and receive 20% off any of the above additional items. To receive this discount, these items must be purchased and paid for at the same time as the Christmas kit. 

These photos are just "peeps" to tease you - believe me, they are all fabulous!   Such a great set to work with, as it is super simple to make Christmas or everyday cards with this one set.     For this project, I will be accepting payment by cheque, cash or credit card (via Paypal).  If you have already purchased this stamp set, then the package price excluding the Season of Joy set is $66.10 plus shipping.

Sorry, but this offer is only available to NZ customers.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Good morning everyone.  I'm sorry that I've not been posting this week.  Last week of school before the holidays and trying to get a few big projects finished has meant I've just not got there!  BUT, I've got some exciting things to tell you....   After a bit of talking and thinking, I am delighted to be able to offer to 10 of my customers the opportunity to come and stamp with me & 6 other demos for a whole weekend.  How cool is that going to be???!   Everything is finalised - dates, location, cost, and FUN.  

Friday 13-Sunday 15 February 2009 at Vertical Horizons Camp, Everett Road, Inglewood.  Camp will include six classes, lots of door prizes, give-aways, displays & product/technique demonstrations.  There will be opportunities for you to stamp & scrap during some "down-time" AND all without children, husbands, or having to cook dinner or do laundry!  BLISS!

I'm really excited to be involved in this camp, but I can only take 10 guests, so it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.   

COST : $200 per person includes all classes, accommodation & yummy food for the full weekend, or $150 per person for day campers who don't want the fun of sleeping over with other addicted stampers!

Give me a call if you want more details - last date for full payment is 15th January.  You can pay a $50 deposit to secure your place, and pay the balance off between now and 15th January if that's easier.

I'll try and post some STAMPING today - I've have been doing some!

Happy Friday!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

We have some winners...

Hello everyone!   Yes, I've been absent again...   I had the most fantastic birthday yesterday, and really the whole week has been just the best!  Great, but busy.  Thank you to all of you who contributed to such a great week.   I was truly spoilt.  So now that my birthday is over for another year, I have had to draw some winners.   I used the random number generator, and for my blog candy, I was given number 6, which is Rel - congratulations, the Spring Solitude Bundle is yours!   And for my Birthday Week Special - the winner was number 12, which was Julie B.  Well done Julie - just by placing an order with me this week, you have won a $100 Stampin' Up! Voucher to spend on whatever you wish!  

Thanks to everyone who participated, and well done to the two winners.  


Tuesday, September 16, 2008


That's right - It's my birthday week, so here are the best offers you are going to get this year....

PLACE AN ORDER WITH ME THIS WEEK (MINIMUM VALUE OF $50) AND YOU WILL GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN AN ADDITIONAL $100 WORTH OF STAMPIN' UP PRODUCTS OF YOUR CHOICE!!     For every multiple of $50, you will get an additional entry into the draw.  For those wonderful ladies who have already emailed or given me your $50+ orders this week, you are already in the draw, so you need to be in to win.  Someone WILL win a $100 Stampin' Up Voucher, and I will draw out the random name on the same day as I draw my Blog Candy.   So far, there are only 8 people entered in the Blog Candy Draw, so come on - leave a comment on my blog candy post on 31st August for all the details.

MARKER CLUB : Well done to all the women who have taken advantage of last week's special offer of a free wheel handle when you purchased one of the Free Wheeln' Bundles - here's my new Spring Sell-A-Bration Special, and it's a goodie!

Join my marker club which will start in October, and for just $60.00 per month, for 4 months, you will get the full set of 48 Stampin' Write Markers in the horizontal storage case, PLUS the set of 4 Neutral Markers PLUS a free Level 1 Hostess Set of your choice.   You simply can't miss out on this one.  This offer is valid until Monday evening, 22nd September.  Each month you will receive a new colour family of markers, and take turns at being hostess, when you will also receive your hostess set, storage case and the neutral markers.  First four names to confirm with the first month's payment will be in.  Stamp Club ladies - YOU CAN USE THIS AS YOUR MONTHLY STAMP CLUB PURCHASE!










And here's a cute little 3x3 gift box & matching card that we made at Stamp Club this month.  OK, so we ran out of time to make the gift card, but we will make it, and a few others to fill up the box, next month.

Enjoy your day!


Sunday, September 14, 2008

The cutest shoe

Yep, I'm a shoe addict!   Admission is the first step to cure, so I've heard, but to be honest, I don't think I want to be cured from this addiction!   I LOVE SHOES!   I think this love stems from the knowledge that you ALWAYS fit your shoes - you don't have "FAT" shoes, like some of us have "FAT" clothes.   Your feet don't get fat, so your shoes always fit.  How cool!   So, here is the sweetest little shoe that was one of our projects at this month's Stamp Club. 











I filled this shoe with chocolate mint sticks - chocolate, my other addiction!   If you would like me to email you the template for this simple shoe, then leave a comment on this post.   P9130283













Have a fantastic day - I'LL BE BACK!


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Classes updated

Good afternoon!   I have just added a couple of classes to my list on the right - check out if you would like to attend any, and let me know.  Don't forget - if you purchase $100.00 or more worth of Stampin' Up Products in one order, you can attend any class (maximum of $15.00) for free!

We are having a Tower Box class this Sunday at 2.00pm.   Let me know if you are coming along to make this very special gift box.   Cost $15.00.

Tomorrow at Stamp Club we are making a very cute project - I will post the picture of that after we have made it, just so I don't spoil the surprise for the ladies tonight.

P9050278  In the meantime, here is a fabulous card given to me by my friend Cherie.  Isn't this card just amazing?!  In real life, it really is better still.  Thanks Cherie - you are so great at making these wonderful cards!  Cherie is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the M&M's team, and constantly challenges me to use things I wouldn't normally use, like card colours - you know the ones - they are always the same colours left at the end of your pack that you really don't like using.  Cherie does the same herself, and has surprised herself by creating some wonderful cards just by going outside of her comfort zone.   What's your favourite, and least favourite Stampin' Up! colour?   My favourite at the moment would have to be Purely Pomegranate, and probably my least favourite... ummmm Taken with Teal.

Enjoy your evening!   Remember, if you want to order from my Spring Special for this week, you have until 7pm tomorrow night to place your Free-Wheeln' order and receive a free Stampin' Around handle.  Look out for my new special tomorrow.


Friday, September 5, 2008

See you at the show~!

I've been setting up today at Pukekura Raceway Function Centre for the Horticultural Society Show that is happening THIS WEEKEND!   Come by and see us, and all the fabulous other displays there - times are 12.30pm-4.00pm Saturday, and 9.30am-4.00pm Sunday.   There's a prize draw for a Stampin' Up! goodie package, plus we will be doing a demonstration every hour on the hour.

Love to see you there!











Suddenly, I thought I wouldn't be able to post a card today, as all my cards are up with the display, but I found one!  This one is called a Split Negative, and we made it at the Technique Class last weekend.  It was possibly the simplest card to make, but it really is quite effective.  I first saw this technique on Sharlene's blog ages ago, and finally got around to having a go at it myself.   And no, before you ask, my brads are not crooked - it's an optical illusion.  Your eyes are playing tricks on you, as I'm really really good at putting my brads on straight!  LOL - NOT!

RECIPE : Stampsets : Lovely As A Tree.  Cardstock/Ink : Really Rust, Basic Black, Whisper White.  Accessories : Versamark, White EP, Black EP, Brads & Heat Gun.

Have a wonderful weekend - hope to post something for you tomorrow, but we'll just wait and see how exhausted I am after the day!


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Want FREE Stampin' Up! Wheels??

Yep - that's the deal!   Stampin' Up! have a fabulous promotion on this month.   Purchase any of the listed stamp sets, and receive the co-ordinating wheel FREE.  How very cool is that?   The jumbo wheels are usually priced at $18.95 each,  so that's a great saving.

Page 29   Merry, Merry Bundle $53.95
(includes Merry, Merry stamp set and All about Christmas jumbo wheel)

Page 48  Artfully Asian Bundle $53.95
(includes Artfully Asian stamp set and Watercolor Vine jumbo wheel)

Page 59 Nursery Necessities Bundle  $66.95
(includes Nursery Necessities stamp set and Nursery Letters jumbo wheel)

Page 80  Bodacious Bouquet Bundle $68.95
(includes Bodacious Bouquet stamp set and Bodacious jumbo wheel)

Page 94-95 Carte Postale Bundle $57.95
(includes Carte Postale stamp set and Leaves à la Carte jumbo wheel)

Page 105  Priceless Bundle $57.95
(includes Priceless stamp set and So Swirly jumbo wheel)

So, to celebrate this great offer, I've squeezed in a class for all of you who hang out to come and stamp together!  Sunday 21st September 3-5pm is a "Free-Wheelin" Class.  See class list on sidebar for details.

BUT wait, there's more!   Remember how I told you that I was working on some offers for you all?  Well, here's the first one.   Purchase any one of these offers, and I'll give you a FREE Jumbo Handle to go with it.  Already have the handle?  No worries - you can choose a free classic inkpad of your choice instead!  That's my first Spring Sell-A-Bration Special.  Offer is valid until Wednesday 10th September, and cannot be combined with any other offer.  

And no post is quite complete without a card huh?   Today, I'm sharing someone else's fabulous creation - Kim Richards & Jacqui Jones.



This card was created by Kim for our M&M's to make, using the Black Magic Technique.  Check out Kim's blog (on the sidebar) for details on how to do it.

Thanks Kim - this card rocks!














And this delicious creation was given to my boys (one to each of them) from the lovely Jacqui!   Jacqui doesn't have a blog - YET - so only a few of us get to see her amazing creations.  Jacqui - you are just so sweet.  Needless to say, the boys devoured the chocolate coins (bummer I couldn't break into them without being seen!), and were most impressed with Jacqui!  

Have a fantastic day - we've got another absolutely gorgeous one!  Oh, AND, my DH has just phoned to tell me I'm in the paper - apparently you can see me and one of the guys we sat with at the All Blacks match last night!   Famous!  Yeah Rite!   I'm sure you'd need to have a magnifying glass to really tell it was me!


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

As promised, here are the rest of them!









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That's them all - cool huh!?   Have a good night.  I'm working on something very very special that you will want to have a look at - watch this space - tomorrow hopefully will reveal all!


Monday, September 1, 2008

The Wylde Women award!!

Ok, so I was awarded this award on the 4th of August, and I've just not been a good blogger, and haven't acknowledged it!   SO SORRY SARA!   HERE is Sara Frawley's blog, from whom I received this award.  Sara is one of our lovely SBS10 Sistahs who is so incredibly talented, and honest, and is always someone who leaves lovely comments on other people's blogs.   Go and check out her blog, and leave her a comment.

Here are the Rules:-

1. You can give it to 1 or 100 or any number in between - it's up to you.

Make sure you link their site on this post.

2. Link back to this blog.

3. Remember the purpose of this award:

To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

I'd like to give this award to a couple of women in particular -

Megan - who is very giving, and encouraging, and is always teaching me wonderful things "just because".  Check out Megan's blog, and see what she has been up to recently!

Kim - again another very generous and sweet person, who always inspires me with her AMAZING cards.  Kim doesn't realise how very talented she is, but I do!   You go Kim - one day I'll be saying "I know her", when you are published in all the top cardmaking magazines!!

Tracey - the sweetest lady who sends cards to others, even when her own life is extra-ordinarily busy & stressful.  Trace - lots of love to you & your family!

Sharlene - not only someone who never says NO to coffee, or an impromptu trip to go and do "jobs" with me uptown (and of course the compulsory coffee while we are doing the jobs!), but also my sister! 

Claire - someone who I admire both for her creativity and her kindness!   Claire - I wish you lived closer (i.e in New Zealand!) so I could come and stamp with you now and then.

Thanks to all of you (and many others who don't YET have a blog - Jacqui, Helen, Cherie, Rel) who live your lives fully, with generosity & joy.   There are so many others who I could nominate, but think I've got a bit carried away, and you don't want to hear me dribble on, so to you other women who inspire so many people, including me - THANK YOU!  

Wooohooo!! SPRING!

Yep - it's here.  The most beautiful fresh day we've had in ages.  Made me strip all the beds, shake out all the mats, and clean the aluminium joinery!   Really is spring fever huh!

Anyway, I realised that I have ripped you all off - I didn't post the rest of the swaps I got from our M&M's swap last week.  They are so fabulous, so here are five more from our team members who live up in the sunny North!  And there's some more coming along tomorrow.  Promise.


Anglea Corbett, Waiuku









  Amber Johnston, Waiuku







Sarah Price, Franklin








Donna Calley, Franklin






P8310273Sonia Naea, Franklin









All of these talent women are based up North, and we also have Margaret based in Auckland, so if you live in their area and would like to attend classes, or have a workshop at your home, then drop me an email, and I'll forward you some contact details.  These ladies are fabulous!

Enjoy this fabulous weather - I'm off to pick up the walking school bus soon, to walk a bunch of kids home.  Should be fun in the lovely sun for a change.