Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Celebrate You

I this card for someone at work who has worked as a nurse for 50 years.  She has spent many years shaping policy and teaching student nurses and she's the most amazing person.  I wanted to make a card that celebrated her passion and zest for life.  I chose to do that with bold colours and some glitter paper!

Although I opened the Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper a while ago, I've only really just started using it.  I love the photographs on one side of the paper and the really lovely patterns on the other.

This is a standard New Zealand card size - I started with a piece of Berry Burst cardstock that was 21cm x 14.9cm, and scored the long side at 10.5cm.

I then cut a piece of Powder Pink cardstock into a square (you can do this whatever size is right for the front of your card). I cut a piece of Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper that was 5ml smaller than the Powder Pink 

The striped piece of paper is from the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper - this is 14.9cm x 4.5cm.

I then broke out my Celebrate You thinlits dies.  This is a Sale-a-bration Level Two reward, and it is beautiful. I used the Silver Glimmer Paper for the word 'You' - this appeals completely to my generally rather reserved use of bling!

I used Memento Black ink to stamp the sentiment on the Whisper White Cardstock - and I would have then used my Banner Triple Punch to cut the end, however I couldn't find it!  I therefore cut that piece by hand. The sentiment comes from the Celebrate You stamp set, which is also a Sale-a-bration reward set. I love the font they've used on this set.

Once I put it all together, using Snail adhesive, I was done.  I'm pleased to say it got lots of positive comments when I gave it to the guest of honour!

Clearly my next task is to do some tidying up - it's a tad embarrassing to admit I can't find a punch that I use relatively regularly, so I plan to rectify that over the next couple of days.  Wish me luck!

If you live in New Zealand and would like to purchase any of the products I've used today, please click on the pictures and you'll be taken straight to my online shop.  I've even included the Banner Triple Punch in case you're interested!  Alternatively you can always email your order to me and I'll do the entering.  My email is, and I would love to hear from you!

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

My love affair with Painted with Love paper continues

I've got a couple of cards here that showcase two more of the lovely Painted with Love Designer Series Paper beautifully.

I haven't decorated these cards at all - I really like the clean, smooth lines and the words that pop out and almost shyly show you some of the card colour underneath.

These are known as Eclipse cards - so easy to do

This first card is using the same paper as yesterday - this is sweet and simple.  You could use it for an anniversary or birthday or Valentines, or just because.

Now, this paper hasn't photographed as well as I had hoped it would. The colours are *amazing*.  There's Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Powder Pink, Calypso Coral all mixed up in there, and it is the coolest mix of shades and looks like it's been brushed on the page. I'm not a pink person (at all), but I really like this paper.

You don't need much to make this card - I've used a standard size piece of Melon Mambo card stock, and cut a piece of Painted with Love Designer Series Paper 5mm shorter and less wide than the card size.

I then used the Large Letters framelits - honestly, these have so many uses.  I know they're really expensive, but they are an investment. From cards like this, to a named card, to a piece of art you put in a frame, they are just so useful. I put off buying these for ages because of the cost, and now I wish I had them months ago!

Once the letters have been cut out, adhere the piece of paper to the card base, then use dimensionals to pop the letters up.  Depending on what angle you hold the card on, you can see the colour of the card under the paper.

Really simple, but lovely!

Have you seen examples of the gorgeous things that you can do with the new Blends?  Alcohol based markers that enable beautiful colouring - join my club to spread the payments over 6 months, and get free cases to keep them in as well as a free Memento ink pad (as that doesn't bleed with the alcohol markers, while the other inks will bleed).  Check that out on the 'Join My Blends Club above'. Who doesn't like freebies?

Speaking of freebies, if you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator right now, you will receive an amazing package.  You pay $189.  You get to pick your own starter kit to a value of $285. You can pick almost anything in the current catalogues to be in your starter kit - it's all your choice. You will receive $90 worth of free business supplies to use if you want to build your business. Then, until March 31, you can pick two more stamp sets absolutely FREE!  Depending on which stamp sets you choose, in total you can get nearly $400 free when you pay just $185.  And there's no commitment - none at all.  Feel free to email me at to discuss - it's well worth it!

Below are the products I've used to make these cards - if you live in New Zealand and want to purchase any of these products, please click on the pictures below and you'll go straight to my online shop.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Loving the Painted with Love paper!

Do you ever do the same thing as me?  Buy a set of Designer Series Paper and then not open it for ages?

I've had the Painted with Love paper for over 2 months now, and I finally broke into it tonight.  What a waste of two months!  This paper is gorgeous! I even like all the reverse designs too (which isn't always the case).  I was planning to make some cards with different papers, but I ended up making quite a few with only the Painted with Love paper.  I'll show them to you over the next few days.

First up is this one - also using the Heart Happiness stamp set that coordinates with the paper.

This is just one of the papers in the set that I love.  Some are really bold, striking colours and some are more gentle.  I've started gentle, but tomorrow's won't be!

It's hard to see on the photo, but each of the little hearts on the paper is either gold foil, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo or Powder Pink.  It makes for a great background, and also means you have heaps of choice for which card stock you want to use to coordinate with it - I used Berry Burst for this one as I thought that was one of the colours, but in fact it looked ok so I went with it (turn mistakes into advantages!)

The stamped hearts are all from the Heart Happiness stamp set - this has all sorts of different hearts - different sizes, different shading.  I love that larger stamp in the background. That's stamped in Melon Mambo, stamped off once.  It was too strong a colour for the look I was going for when I stamped it first, but stamped off once it looked great.  The other 3 heart stamps are stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo.

There is a coordinating die set with the stamps and paper - it's Lots to Love Box framelits dies.  This cut out the larger hearts, and I used the Sweet and Sassy framelits to cut the smaller heart out.

For the card with the sentiment, I used a cluster of wee hearts stamp that is in the Heart Happiness set, and stamped them on Whisper White cardstock with Powder Pink ink.  I really liked the look, as it makes it look like another Designer Series Paper!  The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo, and is from the Waterfront Stamp set.

The hearts were all popped up with dimensionals - giving a lovely depth to the card in real life.

I loved the look of this card - sweetly gentle.  Perfect to give someone after they have enriched your life by doing something for you.

If you live in New Zealand, and would like to purchase any of the products I've used here, please click on the pictures below, and you'll go straight to my online shop.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  I'm always happy to answer Stampin' Up! questions. I don't have all the answers, but I know people who know things!!

Take care, and happy crafting!

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