Nicely Nautical

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

I have had a fabulous weekend away with other New Zealand demonstrators at a stamp camp in Rotorua. We got taught some new techniques and had a play with some new products (yet to be released). It was a fun time.
I made a nautical card to take as a swap. My inspiration came from a beach house we had stayed in, with stripes and pale wood walls and white washed furniture and of course the colours red, white and blue.
Here is my swap:

Three Seashells -

Blue Seahorse - The layout for this card was from a papercraft magazine.

Nautical Box -




In the Garden

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Thursday, 01 March 2012

Hi everyone
I am having a lot of computer problems at present and am using other people's to get my work done, so over the next wee while you will have to bear with me if my posts are not as regular as usual.

Pumpkin Patch Card
I was asked to make a birthday card for a keen gardener (a male) with no flowers on it. It was a challenge and this is what I came up with.  I made a little garden fork and trowel using the word window punch and large oval punch. To make the prongs in the fork I used the now retired horizontal slot punch. The pumpkins are from the button buddies stamp set.

Inside the card, I couldn't resist using the snail stamp, also from the button buddies stamp set. I know snails are not wanted in the garden so this one is fleeing the scene... haha!

Sunflower Card
After making the first garden card, I had to do another with garden spade and trowel and this time add some flowers!
This card is made entirely from punches and the use of embossing folders to add in some texture. Please leave a comment if you like it!

from Rhonda


For the Kids

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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Truck Parade
I love the coloured bakers twine that is currently available in our summer mini catalogue and I think it looks great holding up all the flags. What do you think of the truck window? Gotta love that vellum!

Ice cream Sundae
This was a simple and fun punch art to do. I used the numbers from the "Look Who's Turning" stamp set and deliberately left it without a number circled as I don't know who the recipient will be yet. But when I do, I will just circle the right number with a red pen.

The ice creams and cherry are of course from the cup cake builder punch, the bananas are from the ends of the round tab punch, the chocolate topping is a portion of one of the leaves from the leaves #2 die. I added crystal effects to the cherry and chocolate for a bit of shine. The dish is the extra large oval punch, sitting on top of a circle punch.

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting from Rhonda


Valentine's Day

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Thursday, 09 February 2012

Today's blog features two valentines cards that were made as part of my team challenge. The challenge was to make a card using one of the vintage mini tags.

Happy Valentine's Day
This card was made by Diane Pawley. Ithink it is great how she has used three of the vintage mini tags to spell out "I love you"

Romantic Valentine
This card was made by me and uses the Tiny Tags stamp set and You Are Loved stamp set. I stamped mulitple random images on vanilla card to create my own 'Patterned Paper'. The Tiny Tags stamps work well with the mini vintage tags, as with the heart stamp used in this card.




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Thursday, 02 February 2012

Two Cards for Summer
My eldest son loves the summer as he gets time to indulge in his two favourite activites which are golf and heading off to the beach. So these cards were inspired by him. This surf's up card was one that I made for a summer themed team swap.

This golf card was made using the pennant parade stamp set, which I recently got as a freebee from Stampin' Up! Lucky me!

To make the golf ball, I used the mat pack and crop-o-dile. I attached a small square of white card to the plastic template (mat pack) using dotto repositionable glue to hold it in place. With the crop-o-dile set on A 1, I embossed all the holes in the small eyelet placement area. The mat pack is great to use for this as the plastic guide ensures that you don’t squeeze too hard and cut through the card and it also gives you an even and perfect placement of the “bumps”. The golf ball was then punched with a 1 ¼” circle punch and lightly sponged around the edges.

To make the golf tee, I used tangerine tango card and punched out an extra large oval. I used a post it note to stick to the oval so that I had something to hold onto as I reinserted it into the punch to punch out a bit from each side of the oval. Then I cut a small piece off the bottom with scissors. See picture below. The shape I was left with I attached to the golf ball. You can see the back view in the picture below. The front view is what you see on the completed card.



Customer Showcase

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

This week I thought I would show off some lovely cards that have been made by some of my customers. I always enjoy seeing other people's work and I often get inspiration from it. It has been nice to CASE some of their work and to try out new styles and techniques. There are times when I learn more from my customers than what I can teach to them.

But that is what Stampin' Up! is about after all - The first part of their Statement of the Heart says; "To love what we do and share what we love..."

This card was made by Kay Pike. I love the block design of this flower and flower pot. Simple but effective. And the wire stem just makes the card.

Made by Dawn Hunter. A stunning black and white card with a lot of fussy cutting and raised images, creating a slight paper tole effect.

Made by Delwyn McPherson. She has a great style and makes cardmaking seem effortless. Delwyn is a former customer but now a demonstrator based in Wanganui, NZ.

Made by Karen Cunningham. I love this card. So clever to put a variety of papers and stickers together to make such a whimsical scene.





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Friday, 13 January 2012

Wow 2012!

I am excited for this New Year! A few weeks ago Stampin’ Up! announced some career changes that will mostly come into effect after the end of March and they are definitely going to make things easier for people to become demonstrators and to succeed as demonstrators.

I am excited too, about the new products in the summer mini catalogue that was released at the beginning of December. It is current until the end of March.

Sale-A-Bration Starting Soon!

And finally, I am excited about the Sale-A-Bration promotion which starts on the 24th of January. You can earn free product with every $120 spent with Stampin’ Up!
Click on specials and promotions tab to find out more. There are 4 stamps sets to choose from as well as very pretty accessories such as printed brads, ribbon and designer series paper.

This card is made using the Fresh Vintage stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration promotion. The brad and ribbon are also from this promo and these are a sneak peak of some of the items that you can get for free!

Card inside. Stamped on Confetti White cardstock and sponged with soft suede ink around the edges.

This pillow box was given to me by Rachael Knight and was filled with hersey kisses. Isn't it stunning? It was made using the designer series paper that can be yours for free with the Sale-A-Bration promotion. The stamped and embossed flower images on the butterfly are once again from the Fresh Vintage stamp set. Fresh and Vintage aren't two words that you would expect to see together but they sum up the stamp set and matching accessories just beautifully.

Remember this promotion starts on tuesday the 24th of January, so start thinking about your orders today!



Covered Notebooks

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Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy Holidays!
I am in at Papamoa beach today looking out the window at the heavy rain which is a little sad when you want to be lying on the sand soaking up the sun...

My post today features some covered notebooks. The first is a diary that Patrice (my upline) made for me when we went to Fiji. I love it. Patrice has glued on die cut shapes and coated them with crystal effects to make them shiny. Then she put the whole lot through a square lattice embossing folder.

I made another one, using Patrice’s technique.

Finally here is a covered journal that I made for Christmas. It is blank inside to write your own recipes in.

 From Rhonda


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