Saturday, December 20, 2008

January Calendar Page. 11 to go...





I've got ONE done, ok??!  LOVE this photo of Mason playing cricket out at the beach last year.  We all play lots & lots of cricket out there, and usually someone ends up storming off in a tantrum about being caught out, or unfair bowling - I'll TRY not to do it this year!  I'm still hoping to at least do half of this calendar to take up to my Grandmother for Christmas when we leave early Tuesday morning (aka middle of Monday night).  I thought if I do half of the pages, then I can post her up the next month's page one at a time, giving her a nice surprise each month in the post, and me a little more time to complete it!  I'm just a hopeless procrastinator.  I have decided that I work best under pressure, and I need to accept that, and not moan about it.  I'll be having classes to make these fabulous calendars early next year - start early and get organised for YOUR Christmas gifts next year!

I'm off for a game of squash now - try and run off some of the Christmas goodies that I'll no doubt be consuming over the next week.  Or two.

Have a great day


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Challenge # 35


My very first entry to Kristina Werner's weekly challenges.  I LOVE looking at all the entries, but never seem organised enough to make a card before the deadline.  Today is different!   Today, the boys finished school at lunchtime, which SHOULD have meant that I have less time to stamp right?  Not the case, which was a nice surprise!  The boys set about trying to get out a bird that was stuck (actually probably not stuck, just hiding!) under our deck, which gave me lots of time in peace! YAY.   PC170026

RECIPE : Stampset : Eastern Blooms.  Cardstock/Ink : Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise (instead of Baja Breeze, which we don't have in NZ yet), Very Vanilla.

Hope you like it...


Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Some exciting news for all of you who couldn't commit to a whole weekend away stamping with no children, telephones, husbands or t.v's.... hmmm - sounds almost like heaven to me!  Anyway... that will have to wait for another time, because we have had to change our plans, and now Stamp Camp will be held on one day - Saturday 14th February, in New Plymouth (location to be confirmed).  You are still guaranteed to make some amazing projects, and have loads of fun - just fitted into one day of Stampin' Fun!  Details ...

COST : $50.00 per person earlybird price.  Pay in full by 20th January.   

Cost includes :

  • 3 workshops (approximately 1 1/2-2 hours per workshop, there will be 4 to choose from)
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • All supplies for the day
  • Spot Prizes
  • Discounts off orders on the day
  • Discounts off anyone who wishes to purchase the Starter Kit on the day, including an extra free stamp set of your choice!
  • Free Sale-A-Bration Sets for all orders over $120.00
  • LOTS of fun!

Bring Your Own : Scissors, Scorer, Lunch

Phone me to book your space, and look forward to a whole day of creativity!









This is one of the cards we made last week at Inglewood High School.  It's a criss-cross card, and the inside pulls out for you to write on.  A really neat card, and an easy way to include a gift voucher or CASH with a card.    I had intended to do some scrapbooking today, but things kinda didn't quite go to plan, so maybe tonight... maybe! 

RECIPE : Stamp Sets : Boho Backgrounds, Short & Sweet, Spring Solitude Wheel (Hostess).  Cardstock/Ink : Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock.  Accessories : Tag Punch, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Corner Rounder, Dazzling Diamonds.

Have a go at one of these!

Enjoy your night.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Crackers for Christmas!

Hello!   I promised that I would post the other project we made at my Gift Class, so here it is.  We made the cutest little Christmas Cracker, and filled it with goodies.   If you want to have a go, then check out the tutorial HERE on Shelley Hopps blog.  They are really sweet, and simple to make. 





I decided to make some for my wonderful downline and gave them out at our end of year BBQ last night at my place.  I adjusted the template to try & fit in some bigger goodies, which worked well.    

Girls, guess what I had for breakfast??  Yes, I admit, I had a piece of chocolate kahlua gateau left over from last night!   I KNOW!!   It was delicious...   Good job I insisted that my DH take the rest of it to work for his workmates to feast on, otherwise that would have been lunch & afternoon tea as well! LOL.

Have you heard that Sale-A-Bration will be back in January & February - you can get a FREE stamp set with any order of $120 or more.  LOVE it!  I'm taking bookings now for workshops during January or February, so if you want to earn free stamp sets after Christmas, then give me a call and book your date!

Have a great Monday!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Last class for 2008


That's right - don't look if you don't want to see something that we are making on our last class on Thursday night...  Today I held my last class for the year at home - a Christmas Gift Class.  I really enjoyed it.  Great women to stamp with, lots of CHOCOLATE, and the weather was PC130035just perfect.  Here are some of the projects we made.  














The little box was filled with square chocolates of course, and the tutorial for it can be found HERE, on Shelley Hopps blog.   Amy Fleming has made one of these, and kindly provided the link to the tutorial - Thanks Amy!  There was one more project we made, but I'm saving it 'til another day, as it is a surprise for some lovely women.  Well, I still have no children or husband home, and it's absolute bliss.  The boys have all been gone since yesterday, and DH headed out early this morning, and is picking up children on his way home.   I guess I'll just have to go and eat some left over chocolate!   Hmmmm.   Big day - looking forward to chillin' out real soon!

Have a great night


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Stamp Club today

Good evening!   What a gorgeous day.  The weather is just fabulous.  I had a great morning stamping with my Stamp Club ladies, then went to a friends for lunch with the girls.  Not just lunch - a banquet!   My friend is the most amazing hostess, and every last detail is planned and colour-co-ordinated.   The lunch was superb, and the Christmas Decorations were amazing.  Thanks so much Roanne - a great way to spend the afternoon.

Here is a little gift I made for my ladies from Stamp Club, just to say "Thanks" for being a part of the club for the last 10 months.  It's been so neat to get to know all of them more during our stamping & eating times each month.  PC100023 I bought the little Spice Jars from The Warehouse (..."where everyone gets a bargain").  But don't rush in to buy one if you want to make some of these - I bought the last ones at both stores!  LOL.  Sorry!     Here is one of the three projects we made today.  This was adapted from a pizza box template I had seen.  I've made it more rectangle, and higher so it will fit more goodies into it!   PC100028    








I used the Baroque Basics Stamp set on the Purely Pomegranate Card, and I just LOVE how it looks - so rich.  Of course, the words are from the wonderful new set from our Mini Catalogue - Say It With Scallops ($37.95).  This set punches out perfectly with the new Square Scallop Punch ($35.95), which makes for super-easy decorating!  If you ask nicely, I might even put the instructions/dimensions on here for you to try one yourself! 

Enjoy your night - I'm trying to get boys to sleep early, as they are all pretty shattered! 


Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Monday

Good morning everyone - hope your weekend was as fabulous as mine!    Counting down 'til the boys finish school now.  I'm really looking forward to a long relaxing summer!   Here's some cards I made with the Inglewood High School Class last week.  The first one was inspired by a card done by CHERIE that was just fabulous (don't think it's on her blog, but go and check out her amazing creations).



RECIPE : Stamp sets: Baroque Motifs, Lovely Letters, Life Definitions.  Card/Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red.  Accessories: Word Window Punch, Sahara Sand eyelets, Pretties kit, Mat Pack, White Gel Pen.





RECIPE : Stamp Sets: Paisley BG, Eastern Blooms, Short & Sweet.  Cardstock/Ink: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Whisper White.  Accessories: 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches, mat pack, white gel pen, silver brads, round tab punch.







Enjoy your Monday - I'm going to finish getting ready for Stamp Club now - it's going to rain, so I won't be tempted to go and enjoy any book reading in the sun!


Saturday, December 6, 2008


What a CRAZY week!   I've been flat out, with some great classes, which has meant my blogging has taken a back seat so I can be a bit more focused on my projects.   Now I'm finally catching my breath tonight before the next busy week, and I'll show you some of what I've been up to!   Today some of the M&M's team did a Christmas Extravaganza Event in Inglewood.  It was so enjoyable - not flat out, so that meant that I actually got to make some of the wonderful Christmas Cards that we had available.  Very cool - Thanks to all of you who came along!  Here's my cards (especially for Nathan, who LOVED my cards - I think he's about 7 years old!) .  PC060127



RECIPE : So Swirly Wheel, Solemn Stillness, Short & Sweet.  Black & Sahara Sand cardstock.  Versamark, Gold EP, Clear EP (THANKS KIM!) Small & Large Oval Punches, White Taffeta Ribbon.











RECIPE: Season of Joy, Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock Cardstock.  Real Red Ink, 2 Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dashing DSP, Jumbo Eyelet, Crop-o-dile, Red Grosgrain Ribbon.

Well - that's a couple of them - I'll post our new project by mail very shortly.  Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tie Up Your Christmas Shopping HERE

Tying up Christmas Image

Tie up Your Christmas shopping for family, friends and yourself with great discounts on Christmas stamp sets and accessories from Stampin' Up!  From 1-31 December, spend $20 on Stampin' Up! merchandise and qualify for 20% off select stamps sets and merchandise!

Tying up Christmas Table


WHAT A PROMOTION!!   Stampin' Up is giving us ALL a great Christmas Present early - 20% off the above stamp sets & accessories - that's just amazing!   If you spend just $20 in merchandise, then you can buy EVERY ONE OF THE ABOVE STAMP SETS & ACCESSORIES AT THE DISCOUNTED PRICE - WOW!   So be like me, and stock up on your ribbon, stamp sets, calendars & Christmas Scrappin' Kits & wrap them up for under the tree labelled "To ME, From Stampin' Up"!