GDP022 – Party Wishes 40th

I enjoyed last weeks Global Design Project challenge so much that I am playing along again this week!  This week is a great sketch to follow


I haven’t had a chance to use my great Party Wishes bundle and Large Numbers dies yet so this was the perfect opportunity!  I went for really clean and simple with this card – some Clear Wink of Stella and It’s My Party Enamel Dots my only extra additions!

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The stripes in the background are the It’s My Party Washi Tape – super simple!  The only thing I wish I had done differently would be to use the Black sheet from the Colour Me Irresistible Speciatly DSP instead of the plain black cardstock as it has a fabulous shiny embossed diagonal stripe which would have lifted the whole card just perfectly!

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Righto, that’s it from me today as I am off to get more projects created ready for my Occasions Catalogue Crafternoon this Saturday – have you booked your place yet?  It’s going to be super fun so grab a friend and come along!



Sky is the Limit Valentine

Happy Monday everyone!  For those of you in New Zealand I hope you had a wonderful long Waitangi Day weekend!  The weather here in Wellington was fantastic so we spent lots of time at the beach – 2 different beaches actually over 2 days, with lots of discoveries made.  We explored rock pools, collected shells and special stones, spotted jelly fish and splashed about in the water – lots of good summer fun!  We also watched a little of the SuperBowl which for some reason was televised in NZ this year – sorry to my American friends but your football is just plain weird (and time consuming – 4 hours to play a 60 minute game, WHAT!!)

Anyway on to the creative stuff!  As an complete aviation nerd the Sky is the Limit Sale-a-Bration set went straight to the top of my list as soon as I saw it – such a great plane image.  I’m only sad that this set is sticking around for such a short time – in fact if you want it you will have to get it before it disappears on the 15th!  I love this card and it is going to my lovely hubby, I just haven’t decided if it’s going to be for Valentines Day or our wedding anniversary a week later:

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I used a scallop circle mask and sponge dauber to create the sky and the plane is heat embossed in black which gives it a great shine and helps to lift it off the card.  The Candy Dots and stitching were some great extra details just to finish the card off.

Want to own this stamp set yourself?  You can earn it for FREE before 15 February simply by placing an order of $110!  So go get shopping!



Mojo Monday #433 – Botanical Blooms

As promised I’m back with another challenge – Mojo433.  Mojo Monday always have great sketches to inspire and this weeks one is a particularly good layout:


I pulled out my Botanical Blooms Bundle to give it a spin (it’s so nice having lots of new things to play with!). I used the Mint Macaron & Hello Honey from the Botanical Gardens DSP as my starting point for the rest of the card and then just followed the sketch – it’s a bit like crafting by numbers!Mojo_Botanicals_Magpiecreates

After adding the Cajun Craze flower I felt the card needed another touch of Cajun somewhere else to pull the whole card together so Candy Dots to the rescue!  These little dots are so handy when you just need a little ‘something’!

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In case you haven’t checked out the Sale-a-Bration brochure yet, there is a wonderful printed vellum stack that coordinates with the Botanical Blooms Suite – earn it free when you spend $110!!




Global Design Project #021 – ‘Tea’rrific Bag!

With the girls back at school it was time to head back to my craft desk, but as it’s been a few months since I last created I thought it would be good to play along with a few challenge blogs to get myself back in the groove!  I have watched the Global Design Project blog for a while and decided to jump in with their latest challenge #GDP021 first – a fun colour combo to create with!


I challenged myself to use a stamp set that was really not my style – A Nice Cuppa.  I would not have purchased this stamp set but as I won it at OnStage in November I figured I may as well jump in and get the coordinating Framelits to go with it!  My project is a gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board (still one of my favourites!) and finished off with a stack of tea cups – a perfect way to package up some special tea bags or loose leaf tea for someone!

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I love the little tea bag hanging from the closure of the box, and the slice of lemon on the cup – such cute finishing touches.  I also added some Clear Wink of Stella to the Wisteria tea cup to make it pop a little!

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I was so happy with how the box turned out that I decided to keep going and create a coordinating card:

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So that’s my first foray into the GDP challenges – I’m sure I’ll play along again soon, but coming up in a few days is a Mojo Monday challenge – keep watching!

Check out all the great products I used for these projects here (click on any item to be taken directly to my online store):





2016 Sale-a-Bration International Blog Hop


I promised I’d be back this week and here I am!  What better way to kick off a new year of blogging than with a FANTASTIC international blog hop featuring amazing demonstrators from all around the world!

Welcome to our Sale-a-Bration International Stampin’ Up! Blog hop. You may be just starting here or have come from Martha Inchley. Either way you can make your way around by using the list below so that you don’t miss a blog. We have an incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight some of the new 2016 Sale-a-Bration items so that you can be inspired and work out what you would like to earn. At the moment you are currently in New Zealand and you are about to go around the world to different locations.
Using the list below you will be able to hop around all our blogs and be inspired with your new products. Please feel free to leave comments as we all love to hear from you.


Here is my project to share.  As soon as I saw the Flowering Fields stamp set I had the idea of a little ‘Gardener’s Gift’ of flower seeds and a pretty card – the recipient can enjoy the card as soon they receive the gift, and then in a few months time enjoy their own Flowering Field:

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The seed pouch is simply a vellum envelope made using the Envelope Punch Board and embossed with White Embossing Powder (Hint: don’t forget to use your embossing buddy so you eliminate all those stray specks of powder – I had mine sitting right next to me and still forgot to use it!).  I added a belly band with similar embellishments as the card to tie the gift together.Flowering Fields_Gift Set 1_Magpiecreates
Once again I used vellum and white heat embossing on the card and then coloured the flowers using my Stampin’ Write Markers.  I coloured in the flowers on the front of the vellum and then added more strokes of colour on the back of the vellum for a deeper colour and also to ‘spread’ the look of the flowers a little. It’s a little hard to tell in the photos, but I also stamped one of the images repeatedly on the Soft Sky cardstock behind my vellum and added some Wink of Stella to the flowers – oh man I LOVE those Wink of Stella pens!Flowering Fields_Gift Set 5_Magpiecreates
Thank you so much for joining me today – please make sure that you don’t miss one of these amazing blogs as you hop around. Next up is the talented and lovely Jennifer Pauli who I had the great pleasure to meet in Salt Lake City a few years ago!  Jennifer’s projects are incredible so be sure to check them out.  And here is the full list of clever creatives behind today’s hop:
Everything I used for today’s projects are below – you can click on them to be taken directly to my Online Store, and don’t forget that you get a FREE Sale-a-Bration gift for every $110 you spend!